Athens Tutorial Program, Inc.


Athens Tutorial Program, Inc. provides academic assistance, cultural enrichment opportunities, and other basic life skill enhancement for at-risk students as a means of helping them become life successes.


For every student served by ATP we hope to:
  • Improve academic performance and achievement;
  • Prevent high school dropout;
  • Increase college and technical school attendance;
  • Increase career exploration;
  • Increase cultural enrichment;
  • Increase self-esteem.

ATP is a community-based nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization giving young people the encouragement they need to stay in school and succeed. 


Athens Tutorial Program, Inc., through the Child Advocacy Committee, opened its first tutorial center in 1981 to serve the children of the Nellie B. Housing complex. Mr. Aaron Heard, with only a few helpers, started this effort to eradicate the illiteracy in Athens Clarke County. Funds from the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, The First Presbyterian Church and the City Government ensured a successful start. Mr. Heard invited Ms. Barbara Thurmond Archibald to join the team in 1982. With the help of many volunteers the program's reputation grew receiving many awards and grants. Now ATP has provided academic enrichment to more than 5,000 students in the Athens-Clarke County area with an 80% success rate.

Collaborative Partners

  • Fanning Institute, University of Georgia
  • Friends for Life
  • Cooperative Extension Service, University of Georgia
  • Economic Justice Coalition
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • First A.M.E. Church
  • Council of Aging
  • College of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Georgia
  • Free IT
  • Athens Housing Authority
  • Athens Agenda Committee
  • East Athens Development Corporation
  • Clarke County School District
  • AT&T, Paul Chambers
  • Athens Area Retired Educators Association