Program launches to cultivate Atlanta minority youth as real estate stakeholders

At first glance, glistening mixed-use showplace The Battery Atlanta would seem to have little in common with an organic, historic, but economically troubled community like Pittsburgh, which has struggled to finditsfooting despite the promise of the neighboring Atlanta Beltline.

Ditto for second, third, and fourth glances.

But a program that’s found success from Miami and Detroit to the Bronx is setting sites on Atlanta in hopes of shrinking that gulf—and cultivating minority youth as informed real estate stakeholders in the process.

Leaders with ProjectDestined, which aims to expose select “scholars” to all aspects of real estate investment, have picked 60 students from area high schools (Banneker, Tri-Cities, Langston Hughes, Frederick Douglass, and Grady) and three colleges (Morehouse, Spelman, and Georgia Tech) to launch what’s called the Atlanta Ideas Challenge.

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