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A gathering place for education, recreation, and the arts.

This is Us

We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit community center reflecting the community around it: diverse, supportive, and strong. The mission of the Clarkston Community Center is to connect Atlanta's communities and cultures through education, recreation, and the arts. 



Clarkston Community Center opened its doors in 1994 and we keep growing year over year. Currently, we proudly serve more than 50,000 individuals.

We are a meeting place for both long-term residents and families and individuals that were not born in the U.S. In fact, 43% of Clarkston’s residents are foreign-born and more than half are living in poverty. The CCC provides unique experiences, educational resources, and valuable tools that foster community while celebrating cultural diversity. 

Programs for all ages

Clarkston Community Center has a full range of community programs including a teen after-school program and a thriving summer camp. Serving over 50,000 individuals per year, we use art, dance, music and culture to connect, support and learn. From Art as a Second Language classes, Uhuru drumming, Tabala martial arts and Vietnamese games, to senior and youth activities, we have unique programs and events that keep our vibrant community connected. Our Healthy Living Initiative* is growing as rapidly and our Seniors on the Go programs include Tai Chi, Senior ESL, Monthly Art Programs and much more. We also offer an exciting jobs program and recreation opportunities.


Refuge for refugees

We are a safe and welcoming place for refugees. We offer English language classes, legal help, special events and more. But we cannot do it alone. Please consider how you can support our mission.

Meet our Staff


Luay Sami

 Executive Director

Sami is a native of Iraq and has lived in the United States since 2011 working at the Clarkston Community center. He got his start at the Minister of Culture in Baghdad where he represented Iraq at meetings around the globe including, Austria, China, Egypt and Jordan. Upon returning back to Baghdad, he started working as a Liaison to the United States military as a translator where he later brought his experience and knowledge to the Clarkston Community Center. He started as the Event Coordinator and later promoted to Director of Operations, where he managed events, programs marketing and community building. Through the last eight years, Sami has dedicated his time to making sure the Clarkston Community Center is a gathering place where all feel welcome.


Amber McCorkle

Director of Education/Programs

Amber McCorkle is a Mississippi native with a background in political science focusing on foreign policy, municipal government and community organizing.  She is a graduate of Mississippi State University and acquired a degree in Political Science.  She has a passion for community & civic engagement as well as youth services and her work experience in the non-profit and government sector reflects it.


Regina Farmer

Office Manager

Before joining the CCC family, Regina worked as a staff accountant at City Club of Buckhead. She has over 20 years of experience in finance, accounting, software support and customer support.  She served as administrative assistant for 100 Black Men of DeKalb County helping today's youth in school and the community. Regina received her Associate Degree from Lincoln College of Technology.


Alice Collier

Events Rental Coordinator

Alice Collier lived and grew up in the Midwest - Milwaukee, WI and Rock Island, IL. She has 30 years Administrative Support and Customer Service.  She moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2006.  She is currently the Rental Coordinator at CCC since September 2018.  She loves her job, the Staff at CCC and the people in her Clarkston community.


Sayed Mohammad Musa

Facilities Manager

A native of Afghan, Musa worked with ATC (Afghan Technical Consultant) clearing landmines in Afghanistan provinces to protect civilians. He worked with UNWFP (United Nation World Food Program) to distribute food to hungry families in Afghanistan and as an Admin Assistant for the transportation department, responsible for more than 1000 armored vehicles and 80 chauffeurs. Musa speaks Dari, Pushto, Hindi, Persian, and Urdu.


Sheilah Bowser

ESL Teacher

Sheilah has spent more than thirty years as a teacher in Middle School, High School, and College.  In 2006, after retiring as an Assistant Professor of Developmental English at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland, she moved to Atlanta.  In 2009 she became a subcontractor for the Department of Health and Human Services in their Refugee Resettlement Program.  In that program, she provided English Language Instruction for senior refugees in the Clarkston area.  Since 2016 when she joined the staff at the Clarkston Community Center she has been doing what she loves most – teaching ESL classes to refugees and immigrants.


Kathy Rizk

ESL Teacher

Kathy fell in love with teaching English as a Foreign Language as a peace corps volunteer in Morocco in the 1980s.  Upon her return, she obtained her Masters Degree in Education from the University of Florida and much later received a Certificate in TESL from the University of South Florida.  Early in her career, she taught elementary school students with learning disabilities and emotional handicaps.  In the 1990s, Kathy taught English as a Second Language to refugees at Florida Community College in Jacksonville.  After taking time off to raise a family,  Kathy began her career at Clarkston Community Center as a volunteer. Now on staff, she is thrilled to be teaching the beginning English class to adult refugees, many of whom are senior citizens.


Eric Williams

Youth Coordinator

Eric Williams is a Florida native with a background in biology, public health, and community organizing. After graduating undergrad with a Bachelors of Biology from Savannah State University, he began working with youth in 2016 as a Residential Tutor/Counselor in the Georgia State University Upward Bound Program. Soon after, he spent two and a half years at Fugees Academy, a private institution for middle and high school-aged refugee youth located in Clarkston, Georgia. At this academy, he was able to learn more about himself as a youth leader. This experience led him to obtain a Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Argosy University in 2018. Eric has a passion for leading the next generation to become open-minded, self-sufficient and cognitive leaders in their respective communities.


Donnie Roseberry

Maintenance Coordinator


A long-time Georgian born in Scottdale, Georgia and also one of our long-time staff. Donnie graduated high school in 1969, trained as a plumber in the late 70s and among other occupations owned a record store, and spent most of his 80s working construction jobs and at an appliance business in Buckhead. He is very hardworking, creative and always up to the task of fixing anything that needs repair.

Meet our partners, sponsors and friends

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month at the CCC.

Meeting minutes available upon request.

Chair: Dr. Brian Williams - Department of Early Childhood Education, Georgia State University

Vice-Chair: Lesley Dixon - Fiserv

Treasurer: Dr. Henry (Chip) Carey - Department of Political Science, Georgia State University

Secretary: Sonya Jines - Partitions Contracting

Member: Ammar Al Badran - CNN

Member: Brian Beaubien - Benchmark Management

Member: Richard Levy - American University of Integrative Science

Member: Patrick Miller-Navarre - Cox Communications

Member: Chris Rollins - Keller Williams

2018 Donors

Corporate & Non-profit Partners:

  • Agnes Scott College
  • AID Atlanta
  • AmeriCorps
  • Atlanta Food Bank
  • ArtReach Foundation
  • CDF: A Collective Action Initiative
  • Center for Pan-Asian Community Service
  • Center for Victims of Torture
  • City of Clarkston
  • Cigna
  • Clarkston United Methodist Church
  • Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies (CRSA)
  • Core Dance
  • DeKalb County Juvenile Court
  • DeKalb County Youth Services
  • Diabetes Association of Atlanta
  • Electro Bike Georgia
  • Emory University Department Office of Community and University Partnership
  • Emory University Medical School
  • FoodWell Alliance
  • Friends of Refugees
  • Georgia 2020
  • Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities
  • Georgia Piedmont College
  • Georgia State University
  • Great Day Family Connections
  • Hands On Atlanta
  • Headstart
  • Injury2Wellness
  • Insure Georgia
  • International Night Market
  • International Rescue Coalition
  • Keller Williams Realty
  • Literacy for All
  • Lutheran Services of Georgia
  • Mason Fine Arts
  • New American Pathways
  • Partitions Construction
  • ProBono
  • Refugee Family Services
  • Soccer In The Streets
  • Something New
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Théâtre du Rêve
  • US State Department
  • VSA
  • Vision Factory
  • Welcoming Georgia

2019 Foundation Donations:

  • AEC Trust Foundation
  • ArtReach Foundation
  • Atlanta Braves Foundation
  • Community Foundation - Get Out the Vote
  • Decatur Rotary Club
  • Dollar General Foundation
  • Food Well Alliance
  • Lubo Foundation
  • Imlay Foundation
  • Southern New Hampshire University

Government Grants:

  • City Of Clarkston
  • DeKalb County Youth Services

Corporate Donations & Sponsorships:

  • Drew Fincher State Farm Agency
  • Fincher Services
  • Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners
  • Musulyn Home Cooking Catering Service
  • Northlake Veterinary Surgery
  • Partitions Contracting
  • Prima
  • Sabrosa Catering
  • Three Taverns Craft Beer
  • Thriftown
  • Woodys Nursery
  • Workmans Circle

2017 Donors

Art Forward
BB&T Bank
Brockett Pub
City of Clarkston
Decatur Rotary Club
Dekalb County Youth Services Department 
John and Mary Franklin Foundation
Mason Fine Arts
Northlake Veterinary Surgery
Scott Hudgens Family Foundation
Stop & Save Group LLC
Thanks Mom and Dad Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation

2016 Donors

Arthur M. Blank Foundation
Brain Foundation (Frances Hollis)
City of Clarkston
E-Z Agape Foundation
Frances Wood Wilson Foundation, Inc
Ida Alice Ryan Charitable Trust
Mary Ryan and Henry G. Kuhrt Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Pipeline Foundation
Scott Hudgens Family Foundation
Thanks Mom and Dad Fund
United Way- Opportunity Zone
Wells Fargo Foundation

Previous Donors

Atlanta Falcon Youth Foundation
Georgia Council for the Arts
Atlanta Hawks Foundation
Bank of America Foundation
Brain Foundation (Frances Hollis)
Branan Foundation – Wells Fargo Admin Fdns.
The Coca Cola Foundation
Dekalb County Human Services Department 
Dekalb County Human and Community Development Department
Georgia Department  of Human Services – Office of Refugee Resettlement
Georgia Power
Healthcare Georgia-Health Promoters Program
Home Depot Foundation
Ida Alice Ryan Charitable Trust
John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Charitable Foundation
John and Mary Franklin Foundation
Kaiser Permanente Foundation
The Katherine John Murphy Foundation
National Association of Asian American Professionals
Price Gilbert Jr. Charitable Fund
R. Howard Dobbs Foundation
Robert W. Woodruff Foundation
Ryan Foundation
Sam’s Club Foundation
Thanks Mom and Dad Foundation
The Tull Foundation
The Turner Foundation
Wachovia Foundation
The David, Helen, and Miriam Woodward Foundation
United Way- Opportunity Zone


CDF: A Collective Action Initiative
Center for Pan-Asian Community Service
Core Dance
Electro Bike Georgia
Emory University Department Office of Community and University Partnership
Friends of Refugees
Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities
Georgia State University
Hands On Atlanta
Lutheran Services of Georgia
Mason Fine Arts
New American Pathways
Refugee Family Services
Soccer In The Streets
Something New
Théâtre du Rêve
Vision Factory

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