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. 

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Background

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.

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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

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Luay Sami

 Executive Director

director@clarkstoncommunitycenter.org

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.

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Amber McCorkle

Director of Education/Programs

education@clarkstoncommunitycenter.org

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.

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Regina Farmer

Office Manager

office@clarkstoncommunitycenter.org

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.

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Eric Williams

Youth Coordinator

youth@clarkstoncommunitycenter.org

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.

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Sayed Mohammad Musa

Facilities Manager

info@clarkstoncommunitycenter.org

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.

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Sheilah Bowser

ESL Teacher

sheilahbowser@bellsouth.net

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.

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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.

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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

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: Dandhara "Dani" Da Silva - Director at Capoeira Maculele Decatur

Member: Ammar Al Badran - CNN

Member: Brian Beaubien - Benchmark Management

Member: Patrick Miller-Navarre - Cox Communications

Member: Dr. Ashli Owen-Smith - School of Public Health, Georgia State University

Member: Chris Rollins - Keller Williams

Member: Shirley Zambrano - Zambrano & Ruiz

AEC Trust Foundation
Agnes Scott College
AID Atlanta
AmeriCorps
Art Forward
Arthur M. Blank Foundation
ArtReach Foundation
Atlanta Braves Foundation
Atlanta Falcon Youth Foundation
Atlanta Food Bank
Atlanta Hawks Foundation
Bank of America Foundation
BB&T Bank
Brain Foundation (Frances Hollis)
Branan Foundation – Wells Fargo Admin Fdns.
Brockett Pub
CDF: A Collective Action Initiative
Center for Pan-Asian Community Service
Center for Victims of Torture
Cigna
City of Clarkston
Clarkston United Methodist Church
Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies (CRSA)
Community Foundation - Get Out the Vote
Core Dance
Decatur Rotary Club
Dekalb County Human and Community Development Department
Dekalb County Human Services Department 
DeKalb County Juvenile Court
Dekalb County Youth Services Department 
Diabetes Association of Atlanta
Dollar General Foundation
Drew Fincher State Farm Agency
Electro Bike Georgia
Emory University Department Office of Community and University Partnership
Emory University Medical School
E-Z Agape Foundation
Fincher Services
FoodWell Alliance
Frances Wood Wilson Foundation, Inc
Friends of Refugees
Georgia 2020
Georgia Council for the Arts
Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities
Georgia Department  of Human Services – Office of Refugee Resettlement
Georgia Piedmont College
Georgia Power
Georgia State University
Great Day Family Connections
Hands On Atlanta
Headstart
Healthcare Georgia-Health Promoters Program
Home Depot Foundation
Ida Alice Ryan Charitable Trust
Imlay Foundation
Injury2Wellness
Insure Georgia
International Night Market
International Rescue Coalition
John and Mary Franklin Foundation
John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Charitable Foundation
Kaiser Permanente Foundation
Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners
Literacy for All
Lubo Foundation
Lutheran Services of Georgia
Mary Ryan and Henry G. Kuhrt Foundation
Mason Fine Arts
Musulyn Home Cooking Catering Service
National Association of Asian American Professionals
National Endowment for the Arts
New American Pathways
Northlake Veterinary Surgery
Partitions Construction
Pipeline Foundation
Price Gilbert Jr. Charitable Fund
Prima
R. Howard Dobbs Foundation
Refugee Family Services
Robert W. Woodruff Foundation
Ryan Foundation
Sabrosa Catering
Sam’s Club Foundation
Scott Hudgens Family Foundation
Soccer In The Streets
Something New
Southern New Hampshire University
Stop & Save Group LLC
TechBridge
Thanks Mom and Dad Foundation
The David, Helen, and Miriam Woodward Foundation
The Katherine John Murphy Foundation
The Tull Foundation
The Turner Foundation
The Coca Cola Foundation
Théâtre du Rêve
Three Taverns Craft Beer
Thriftown
UNICEF
United Way- Opportunity Zone
US State Department
Vision Factory
VSA
Wachovia Foundation
Welcoming Georgia
Wells Fargo Foundation
Woodys Nursery
Workmans Circle

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
UNICEF
VSA
Vision Factory

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