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Clarkston Culture Fest October 5th, 2024

February 22, 2024

On October 5th, we are welcoming the Clarkston Culture Fest to our home! In collaboration with the Clarkston Festival Committee and other community partners, we are excited to announce that there will be team sports, a fashion show, food trucks, community vendors and a parade! The event will kick off beginning at 11 am, we…

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#PhotoFridays: Sayed Musa & The CCC

October 27, 2023

#PhotoFridays: As October draws to a close, we want to shine a spotlight on one of our long-time staff members who is nearing 9 years of serving with us! Sayed Musa has been with the Center for nearly 9 years, transforming his role and embracing the community’s needs. Beginning as an Assistant to the Director,…

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#PhotoFridays: Fall Arrives

October 6, 2023

#PhotoFridays: As we welcome the first weeks of Fall, we want to send a warm goodbye to the beautiful scenery and nature we call home around the Center. Featuring butterflies, bees, edible gardens and flourishing flowers; at the Center we hope to always feature a welcoming landscape that shows care for our environment, and sensibility for our…

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Clarkston Culture Fest October 5th, 2024

On October 5th, we are welcoming the Clarkston Culture Fest to our home! In collaboration with the Clarkston Festival Committee and other community partners, we are excited to announce that there will be team sports, a fashion show, food trucks, community vendors and a parade! The event will kick off beginning at 11 am, we…

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#PhotoFridays: Sayed Musa & The CCC

#PhotoFridays: As October draws to a close, we want to shine a spotlight on one of our long-time staff members who is nearing 9 years of serving with us! Sayed Musa has been with the Center for nearly 9 years, transforming his role and embracing the community’s needs. Beginning as an Assistant to the Director,…

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#PhotoFridays: Fall Arrives

#PhotoFridays: As we welcome the first weeks of Fall, we want to send a warm goodbye to the beautiful scenery and nature we call home around the Center. Featuring butterflies, bees, edible gardens and flourishing flowers; at the Center we hope to always feature a welcoming landscape that shows care for our environment, and sensibility for our…

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#PhotoFridays: CRSA Retreat

  #PhotoFridays – This week, we are honored to highlight our partnerships in serving the refugee community, embodied in the Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies (CRSA). CRSA’s mission is, “To engage a broad coalition to highlight the cultural, social, and economic contributions of refugees and immigrants in Georgia.” For years, we have cherished the opportunity…

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#PhotoFridays: Welcoming Kevin Bergen, an Advocate for Our Youth

This week, we as an organization and community welcome Kevin Bergen as our OST Coordinator. Kevin has a personal history of education advocacy and volunteering in our community, and is focused on continuing the push for positive change for our youth. “It’s important for kids to know they have someone advocating for them and their…

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#PhotoFridays: An Introduction to Executive Director Luay Sami

In this week’s iteration of #PhotoFridays, it is our enjoyment to share an introduction with Luay Sami, our Executive Director. In 2010, Sami came to our community as a refugee from Baghdad, Iraq. By 2011 he had already begun to find his home both in the nonprofit sector and the community. For 12 years he…

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#PhotoFridays: An Orientation for Our Youth Leadership

Photo Fridays: An Orientation for Our Leaders of Tomorrow Today was a welcome step in the return of our Leadership Program, Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT.) Led by Fauzia Ibrahim, Youth Leadership Coordinator, while assisted by CCC Staff & Emory’s CLSM students, we held our LOT Orientation at Clarkston High School. Featuring presentations, games and discussion, we…

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Introducing: #PhotoFridays ~ Community Advisory Board Meeting

Photo Fridays: Weekly Storytelling in the Community We are happy to announce our newest media project, Photo Fridays! Utilizing photography and writing, we hope to highlight individuals and share events in the community. Story-telling is an essential part of a community’s history, and as a community center, we embrace our role in this time-honored tradition….

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ESL Classes are Resuming August!

All virtual classes begin Sept. 19th and all in-person classes begin Aug. 29th. Register for classes online here. Be sure to share with friends, family and community members in need!

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Hiring: Youth OST Coordinator

We have an exciting position available here at the center, the Youth OST Coordinator position. This Coordinator has a variety of opportunities to help shape the education of our students; to include our After School and Summer Camp! Interested applicants are invited to emails Resume/CVs to [email protected] Position:  Part-Time Youth OST Coordinator 35 Hrs Weekly…

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Our Year in Review – 2020

Despite a global pandemic, the Clarkston Community Center  served over 40,000 people in 2020.  We were helped by a dedicated core of over 65 volunteers both virtually and in-person, and 21 community partners.  Our programs and services spanned the age ranges from infant to seniors.  Discover the success of our programs and services below: Youth…

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“Clarkson Talks” Publishes First Episode, Addressing College & Career Readiness

Real Issues. Real Conversations. This past weekend, our students published their first podcast episode; discussing issues of college and career readiness, as well as reflecting on their school’s core beliefs. Using the most recently available information, our students address the gap in perceived college and career readiness in their school, and search for possible solutions…

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“Clarkston Talks,” A Podcast by Our Leaders of Tomorrow

Real Issues. Real Conversations. “Clarkston Talks,” A Podcast by Our Leaders of Tomorrow   Youth in this community are shouldering astounding responsibilities, and our duty to empower them with amplified voices is more important than ever.   One of the solutions at the Clarkston Community Center is amplifying our youths’ voices through a youth-led podcast,…

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Where We Come Together: A Year in Review

It’s difficult to deny the challenge of the last few years. The covid-19 pandemic emerged in late 2019 and disrupted almost every facet of life and world business in early 2020. Those effects have lingered with us for years. In that time, the Clarkston Community Center has refused to stand by. Determinedly and innovatively working…

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Spotlight On: Ammar Albadran

Ammar Albadran is a versatile TV producer who has held positions at CNN and Scripps News (formerly Newsy). He is also a Board Member of the Clarkston Community Center, and a valued member of the Clarkston community. However, things weren’t always this way for Ammar. Originally from Basra, Iraq, Ammar first worked as a freelancer…

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Parent Advocate Coalition Graduation

Celebrate the graduation of DeKalb County School District parents who have successfully completed Parent Advocate Training as DCSD Parent Coalition members.  This was a co-facilitated training implemented by the Clarkston Community Center and DCSD’s Family I.M.P.A.C.T. Hub! Parents learned strategies to support their child’s success, gained a deeper understanding of how to navigate the DCSD…

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Tai Chi is Back!

The Clarkston Community Center and the Tai Chi 4 L.I.F.E. Cooperative are happy to announce the start of in-person Tai Chi and Qiqong classes beginning next week Tuesday, January 10th! Led by instructor Steve Dorage, this class guides students in the Chinese martial art of Tai Chi, a meditative process of movement that aids relaxation…

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Join Our End-Of-Year Giving Campaign!

Looking for a great way to end your year right? Still interested in making a difference in your community? A donation to the Clarkston Community Center could be just the thing! Join our end-of-year giving campaign and be a part of the mission that supports one of America’s most diverse communities. With your help, we…

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Thank You For Your Coat Donations!

A big thank you to all of our volunteers and partners who donated coats this winter season to help neighbors in need! Over the last two months, we received approximately 150 donations and were able to help so many in need of some extra warmth this winter. Thank you to all who participated this year,…

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Keep Your Community Safe – Get Vaccinated!

Don’t let yourself get caught feeling under the weather! The Clarkston Community Center is hosting a vaccine drive on Monday, December 12 from 11am – 5pm for vaccines that protect against the flu virus AND for vaccines that protect against the COVID-19 virus. Working with our partners from CORE Response, the International Rescue Committee, DeKalb…

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