Business Owner Training And Computer Literacy Program
2004, AMEN, Inc. has been collaborating with the City of
Lithonia to provide business information and training to the
Lithonia and surrounding DeKalb County Communities.
The objective of this partnership with
the City of Lithonia is to complement the adult literacy
program through the provision of business and
computer-related skills training to small business operators
in the Lithonia informal sector, unemployed youths, and
disadvantaged young adults – particularly women.
The partnership has been very
successful and the programs are becoming more and more in
So far 25 participants have completed
training in three Business and computer classes held in 2005
Participants who successfully
completed the training received Certificates of Completion
awarded by AMEN, Inc.
Participants’ comments about the
though the information was general, to meet successful
individuals who could enlighten us even a bit in a two hour
span was great. I just wish one subject could have been
extended throughout weeks instead of minutes”.
enjoyed the insight that professionals with years of
experience had to share with us”.
enjoyed this class because I have gotten a good overview of
what to expect, and ideas and thoughts about business”.
like to say thank you for all the knowledge I have gained”.
speakers were informed and knowledgeable individuals”.
enjoyed the positive energy and willingness to help us
further our lives”.
AMEN, Inc. Supports Youth Enrichment
Program for Georgia DeKalb County youth.
AMEN, Inc. has collaborated with
Marvelous Light Consultants (MLC), LLC. to implement a
two-week Youth Enrichment Summer Camp for 14 to 16 year old
youth enrolled in the Georgia DeKalb County Department of
Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) Program.
MLC is a faith-based organization that
is committed to providing consulting services to
individuals, community programs, ministries and/or
faith-based programs. MLC promotes growth, self-ownership,
economic empowerment and accountability to self and the
The focus of the Youth Self-Advocacy
program is about developing and teaching youth self-advocacy
skills that would help them to prepare for future career
The theme for the program was ‘On Your
Own – Young Adult Self-Advocacy’.
15 boys and girls attended the
program that was hosted in the AMEN, Inc training classroom.
The objective of this project was to
help youth learn some new lessons, become independent, and
successfully take control of their lives
The program consisted of classroom
presentations, role-playing, site visits, reading and
research assignments, and some entertainment.
After each day’s session the
participants were asked to give an assessment of what they
Inc was actively involved in the program, and provided
technical assistance. Ms. Mason conducted two sessions on
‘Youth and Entrepreneurship’, AMEN Area Director spoke on
‘Entrepreneurship as an Alternative’. In her presentations,
Ms. Mason helped to raise the awareness of the participants
to the role of entrepreneurship in empowering them as
individuals, strengthening their families, and building
economically healthy communities.
Future AMEN Programs 2006
the needs expressed by participants and citizens of the
community the following programs have been proposed for the
rest of the year.
- Business Plan
Workshop – 5 weeks
- Introduction to
Business Workshop (Repeat) 7 weeks
- Computer Literacy
for Seniors – 6 weeks
- Computer Basics
for Business Owners 8 weeks
- Where to find
Money for your business – 3 hours
- Legal Questions
about your business answered – 3 hours
Essentials for Start-up and Growth – 3 hours
and venues will be announced shortly.