We provide an environment for college students to grow in their faith, their professional capacities, and their relational skills – all while learning to incorporate their core beliefs into every aspect of their lives. Through this summer experience, each student will set the foundation for building meaningful, lifelong relationships that will empower them to grow as leaders and men and women of faith.
Who We Are
The Atlanta Associates Program is organized by a large group of families and individuals who are passionate about the next generation and want to give their time and resources to invest in them. There is a great diversity of age, career path, church affiliation and stage of life in our community, but we all share a common commitment to Jesus and the pursuit of healthy, intentional, deep friendships. We are fortunate and grateful to partner with the Atlanta Resource Foundation for administrative and logistical support for this program.
"I went into the summer wanting growth, fun experiences and new relationships, but God totally exceeded all of those expectations. He used my time in Atlanta to do serious work in my life, and I left the summer with not only a better understanding of who I am, but a better understanding of who God is. My work experience was incredible and weekend trips were awesome, but the community I get to be a part of now is what means the most to me. I met some of my best friends and I wouldn't trade anything for these relationships and the things we got to experience together.”
- Connor Pereyo, 2016
"I feel as though I left this summer with a deeper self-awareness, deeper friendships, and a deeper relationship with God. There were so many instances this summer that I fought to hear God's voice amidst decisions or uncertainty. With that, I feel as though my relationship with Jesus grew so much through not only listening to him but also through seeing Him in the eyes of other people, in situations, in stories, etc. I truly have a new understanding of marriage, family, friendship, and community, and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat."
- Blaize Burley, 2017
“When I arrived in Atlanta, I had a lot of scattered energy and passion which pulled me many different directions. I sought meaningful, lasting, and direct relationships and to find direction for swaying ambition, which weighed heavily on me. I found that none of these things can come to complete fruition over the course of a few months, but they were certainly catalyzed. The men I was with in the program were extremely impactful on my day to day perspective on relationships and continue to be the best brothers I have. Take a chance and lean in. You won't regret it.”
- Brandt McGregor, 2015
Each associate will be placed in a full-time job under the guidance of a local business leader who is familiar with the larger program. In addition, there will be regular scripture studies, dedicated time for community service and mentors to meet with weekly. Housing is also provided, allowing associates to cultivate strong relationships with one another through daily interaction.
Wednesday, May 18 – Sunday,
July 31 (10 weeks)
Special exceptions may be considered, but it is important that applicants understand that their attendance is required all ten weeks / weekends. There are two main reasons for this: first, we must honor the arrangements we have made with the employers and second, given the short timeframe of the program, every day, and particularly the weekends, are intentionally programmed with experiences vital to maximizing the summer for oneself and their fellow associates.
The associates typically live in secure, gated apartment-communities in the Atlanta area, close in proximity to program leadership. The men and women's housing are located in separate apartment complexes.
The cost of running this program is offset by the income the associates earn at their jobs and the support of the local community through the Atlanta Resource Foundation. Their income will be shared and used collectively to cover their expenses throughout the summer. In other words, associates will neither make nor lose money during their time in the program.
"Words cannot describe what this summer has meant to me. The spiritual, personal and professional growth I experienced is insurmountable and the people in this city have been, and will continue to be, a true inspiration in my life."
- Victoria Carney-Peters, 2019
"My summer experience was spent deepening my relationship with the Lord, becoming more self-aware and loving others in a more intimate way than I have ever experienced. I learned what it looks like to be a man in the workplace, in a family and in relationships with friends. In addition, I experienced countless fun adventures with friendships that I will have the rest of my life. It was definitely a life-changing summer and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to have fun and grow closer with the Lord.”
- Chase Clack, 2016
“I think that this summer most grew me in my relationship with Jesus, with myself, and with others around me. First, I learned that Jesus is my friend, my counselor, and my King who pursues me with a passionate love completely separate from cultural Christianity or past painful experiences with the church. Second, I am proud to say that I grew individually in self-awareness, confidence, and contentment. Somehow, this summer helped to carve out an emptiness I was feeling, and filled it with truth through one-on-one mentorship, constant community and active love. Last, I think my outlook on this world changed. I am learning to see the world, and to approach it with open hands to give and receive. I am prioritizing the people and the purpose rather than the payoff. I am resting in who I am created to be so that I can see others for who they can be.”
- Anna Lee Curles, 2018