Gwinnett County State of the Children: Innovation to Transform At-Risk Communities

Join us on February 23 to explore ways to innovate and transform communities in Gwinnett County.


Friday, February 23

8:30 am

 – 10:45 am

Doors open at 7:45 am


Corners Outreach Auditorium (1st floor)
1854 Shackleford Court (not Road)
Norcross, GA 30093



United Way of Greater Atlanta in Gwinnett County Presents

the State of the Children Summit

Join us to learn about the groundbreaking findings of the Child Well-Being Index 2023 in our county. You will gain understanding of some of Gwinnett’s key pioneer collective approaches in the Summit Innovation Lab. This segment showcases novel strategies for data sharing, laser-focus community intervention, and public and private collective initiatives. These innovation strategies aim to tackle the main challenges of at-risk populations in coming years.

Innovation for community impact means path-breaking ideas, data collection systems, evidence-based decision making, and partnerships to improve service delivery, products and policies for inclusive and sustainable development that leaves no one behind.

In Gwinnett County, there are 77 communities where the resources and support are in short supply. Of these communities, children in 22 of these neighborhoods are at-risk of not reaching their potential due to barriers inherent in where they live. Urgent and transformative interventions to improve the conditions of these neighborhoods are needed.



Nicole Love Hendrickson, Chairwoman, Gwinnett Board of Commissioners

Lucy McBath, US Congress Representative, 7th District, Georgia

Tommy Pearce, Executive Director, Neighborhood Nexus 

Milton J. Little, Jr., President & CEO, United Way of Greater Atlanta


Dr. Nury Lizeth Castro, Director of Diversity Education and Training, Agnes Scott College

Dr. Michael Davis, Associate Executive Director of Prevention, GUIDE

Asif Jessani, Partner, CCS: Marketing &Technology

Dr. Audrey Arona, CEO & Director, Gwinnett Newton & Rockdale Health Departments

Juanita Sheppard, Vice President Foundation Partnerships, United Way of Greater Atlanta

Tina Fleming, Director, Community Services, Gwinnett County Government

Hilda Abbott, Founder & CEO, RudHil, Inc.

Josiah Vega, Community Engagement & Outreach Specialist, Impact 46

Larry Campbell, President & CEO, Corners Outreach


Berthine Crèvecoeur West, CEO, Westbridge Solutions

Autumn Andrews, Director of Workforce Solutions, Partnership Gwinnett

Presenting Sponsor

Gwinnett County State of the Children: Innovation to Transform At-Risk Communities