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October 27, 2009

To Whom It May Concern:

                This letter is in support of Mr. Demeitrice Collins and his future endeavors with his grant proposal.  Mr. Collins, through The Literacy for Youth Foundation, has conducted financial literacy programs for youth at the Clayton County Headquarters Library since July 2009.  We have hosted several of his Play Dough series programs, each lasting four weeks, geared for ages 9-11.  In addition, the library has hosted several of his Common Cents programs geared for ages 14-17.  The Play Dough programs have been a success as evidenced by the consistent and full attendance.

                Mr. Collins maintains a high level of professionalism, always working with the library to schedule future workshops in a timely manner.  He has held to his commitments to the library as well as the youth and their parents or caregivers.  He diligently works at self promoting his programs and foundation and he networks with other outside agencies to efficiently reach a common target audience.  Mr. Collins sees a need for financial awareness in Clayton County due to high foreclosure and unemployment rates.  He also has mentioned his desire to target the teenagers of Clayton County and would like to pursue this age group working with the school district.  Mr. Collins displays a real passion for empowering youth and improving their future by developing their financial literacy.



Bea Mengel

Youth Services Librarian

Clayton County Headquarters Library

865 Battle Creek Road

Jonesboro, GA 30236








November 5, 2009


This letter serves as a reference to the outstanding work of The Literacy for Youth Foundation.  I met Demeitrice Collins almost a year ago when he contacted me at another nonprofit organization, Junior Achievement of Georgia, to discuss our programs and developing a partnership to assist the youth in the Clayton County area.  Mr. Collins had been informed of Junior Achievement through another associate.  We scheduled a meeting to discuss his purpose and to lend support to this worthy cause.

As retired elementary principal form the Atlanta Public School System, I am always interested in helping young people reach their potential and achieve goals as we prepare our leaders for tomorrow.  In talking with Mr. Collins, it was evident that his background in the financial arena would be a great asset to the students.  Junior Achievement is a nonprofit organization that teaches student (kindergarten through twelfth grade) about financial literacy (identify theft, debt, credit, checking/savings accounts, bonds, insurance, etc) as well as career development.

Mr. Collins and his associates have implemented the JA programs for elementary and middle school students.  I trained them and the students are doing extremely well in grasping the concepts.  Through his efforts and diligence, he has been able to acquire space to operate the after school/Saturday program.

His organization should certainly be considered for any funding or assistance that is available.  With continue support from the community and other agencies, Mr. Collins will be ale to expand his program and serve more students in the Southeast areas of Georgia.

Thank you for consideration to this matter.  If additional information is needed, I can be reached at 770-262-0197.



Carol Clarke Wesley

Senior Director of Education

Junior Achievement of Georgia





October 26, 2009

To Whom It May Concern:

This letter is to state how The Literacy for Youth Foundation has impacted our community in a positive way even if only for a short time since it was founded.  The efforts this organization has made on our youth have helped them excel in basic daily life skills.

Mr. Demeitrice Collins has been building this organization one step at a time starting with finding community partners.  This is why Chick-fil-A Union Station has partnered in supplying goody bags for the students in the program who accomplish the lessons taught and successfully accomplish the skills that are missing from home and school.   I have known Mr. Collins professionally for over two years and he is dedicated with improving our youth with patience, understanding, self esteem, and real life skills they will have forever.  I believe these are the traits that the youth in our community are missing and would miss if it weren’t for Mr. Collins efforts; unfortunately I believe if he doesn’t get funds the work will not reach out to move who need it and therefore, the youth would suffer along our community.

I work with many non-profit organizations and The Literacy for Youth Foundation is the answer to reach the youths today and tomorrow.  I recommend this organization in making our youth see a positive future in themselves.



Debs MacNellis

Marketing Director

Email:  Debs_MacNellis@comcast.net

Cell:  678-699-0383






To Whom It May Concern:

I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Collins and the Literacy for Youth Foundation in the last several months.  This program, which teaches the importance and essentials of financial literacy, money management, savings, investing, credit management and entrepreneurhship, is desperately needed in out community.  Mr. Collins recently volunteered to come out to our Chick-fil-A Family night where he used creative techniques to teach these valuable lesson to the children who came out for our special family night event.  We were so impressed with Mr. Collins, that we have asked him to come again in the near future. I hope that you will consider supporting this mentoring program.

Thank you,

Ali Rice

Marketing Director

Truett’s Grill, Morrow, GA




To Whom It May Concern:

                Mr. Shun Collins has started a program to help educate at-risk youth understand the importance of money management.  This program gives them the opportunity to know how to budget and save money.  Money management and budgeting is vital for everyday skills which allow youth the exposure.  It is important at an early age importance to have the knowledge of counting and the significance of saving and balancing a check book.  As an educator, I am proud to know that there are programs still available for our future to participate and become successful.  If you would like to contact me for future recommendation, please do not hesitate to contact me.




Behavioral Modification Specialists, LLC

809 Black Diamond Dr.

McDonough, GA 30253

678-984-6166 office

888-209-4480 fax


Tonya Encalade, M. Ed.


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