Morris Brown College (MBC) recently partnered with Covenant House Georgia, Inc. (CHGA) to provide access to a college education to homeless and trafficked youth.

“We could not be more pleased to partner with one of Georgia’s top providers to youth who truly need a second chance of the gift that transforms lives which of course is a quality education,” said Dr. Kevin James, Interim President of Morris Brown College.

The two organizations held a signing ceremony on Feb. 12, where James and CHGA’s executive director, Alie Redd, signed a memorandum of understanding allowing serviced youth from the organization to attend MBC.

The two leaders have also agreed to begin efforts to seek out joint funding that will help pay for the youth’s tuition, housing and other needs.

They are hoping that scholarships, grants, community partners and donations will take care of the financial burden, with the goal of fully funding the education of youth experiencing homelessness or escaping trafficking by 2021.

Over the last 40 years, Covenant House International (CHI) has grown from a single apartment unit to an international authority on the issues surrounding homeless and trafficked youth.

Today, Covenant House Georgia, a CHI affiliate, opens doors of opportunity and hope to homeless and trafficked youth. The goal is to invite all youth to learn how to open their own doors, hearts, and futures. Covenant House is open to anyone regardless of race, creed, gender, sexuality, or circumstances.

“Covenant House is more than just a place to stay, it is a place to begin the journey – a covenant. It is a belief that we and our partners can do more than house, feed, and clothe youth,” Redd said. “We counsel, mentor, heal, advocate, inspire, and transform. Partnered with Morris Brown College, together we can create a future where no youth is forced to spend the night on the street and not have access to an education – to a self-sustaining future.”

In October 2019, MBC was approved as an institute of higher learning from the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC), which authorizes and regulates the operations of in-state nonpublic and out-of-state postsecondary colleges and schools operating or offering instruction in Georgia.

Earlier that year, Morris Brown College officially became a correspondence school with the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS).

(Photo: Courtesy of Covenant House)

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