Coronavirus | COVID-19

What are coronaviruses? 

Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that can cause illness in animals and humans. Some coronaviruses commonly circulate in the United States and usually cause upper respiratory symptoms such as cough or runny nose, although some can cause more serious illness. The 2019 novel (new) coronavirus causes the illness coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a disease that was identified in Wuhan, China, and is now being spread throughout the world. People are encouraged to take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases, including COVID-19.  

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.

How does COVID-19 spread?

Coronaviruses like COVID-19 are most often spread through the air by coughing or sneezing, through close personal contact (including touching and shaking hands) or through touching your nose, mouth or eyes before washing your hands. Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about how COVID-19 spreads and how to protect yourself and your community from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses

Exposure and symptoms


  Contact       for COVID-19 Info          

If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.

    COVID-19 Hotline:  (844) 442-2681    Georgia COVID-19 Information 

Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, or muscle pain. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

The State of Georgia has a COVID-19 hotline. If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, or your local federally qualified healthcare center. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility. In the event of an emergency call 9-1-1. 


Be | Y O U

Purposely Positive

I spoke to a friend this morning, and we discussed growing into your purpose and dissecting your journey. He explained that he grew up in an era where people did not speak about their doings – yet be labeled a snitch—a period where people did not take pictures because of the fear of Johnny Law’s ever watching eye. Long story short, as we got deeper into the conversation, I uncovered a trend that many people experience while growing up and even as adults. I’ll use a story to help guide the thought:

A young man was walking down the halls of his high school, seemingly ignored by everyone. He had a strong desire to be accepted and noticed that one guy, in particular, got a lot of attention. He would hear people talk about how tough and cool the guy was every day. One reoccurring theme was how the tough kid would never smile and would always have a mean demeanor and look. It dawned on the young man that if he copied/followed suit, he too could be cool and no longer ignored. So the following weeks, the young man practiced not smiling and walking the halls with a mean and tough look on his face. Eventually, people were asking what was wrong with him and treating him like he mattered, some even were fearful.  One day the young man, with his newly found popularity (if you’d call it that), went to the restroom and ran into the original tough kid. The tough kid asked the young man what was wrong and why he looked so mean recently.

 The young man explained that he was tired of being ignored and wanted to be like him, so he copied him. The tough kid looked perplexed and oddly enough a bit sad. Then smiled and reached in his mouth and pulled out his front teeth. He proceeded to explain that the reason he looks so mean is that his stepfather knocked his teeth out, and his mother couldn’t afford to buy him implants, so he wears false teeth, and he is afraid that if he talks too much his teeth would fall out of his mouth.  The young man was astonished by the story but realized the error of his ways. 

The story highlights the importance of following your own path because you never know how treacherous someone else's life journey may be. Learn to love yourself and relish in your journey. Revel in the fact that you have mountains to climb and bruises to acquire. You are becoming your best self and will have a story to tell a young person/people along the way.

- Aaron Johnson

Aaron Johnson

M I N D F U L  |  M O N D A Y S

We Are All Deserving  

Today I want you to know that you are deserving of all things GOOD. Let the idea resonate deep from within and know that you were not made to be undeserving.

 Say the following aloud :  

  • I am Worthwhile 
  • I am deserving of Love  
  • I am deserving of Happiness
  • I am deserving of Kindness
  • I am deserving of Forgiveness
  • I am deserving of Gratitude  


Project Care: COVID-19

Like many of you, our team has been closely monitoring the developing situation around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is focused on how we can best support our donor and nonprofit partners during this time. We know that COVID-19 has already had an impact on our nonprofit partners, with many needing to close offices, re-think programming, cancel crucial fundraising and/or revenue-generating events, and consider staff furloughs and layoffs. We know it’s had a direct impact on our communities and us as individuals, as well. 

DKP conducted our Project Care Initiative in collaboration with "Rock" Ya-Sin the football cornerback for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). Our Project Care Initiative consisted of the distribution of 400 bottles of water and face masks to the guests of Stone Mountain Park. Today was a beautiful day to serve and we were excited to accommodate the public today!

While working to upkeep our social responsibility and protecting our community, we must continue to be selfless in our efforts. Making an impact starts with faith, continues with perseverance, and never fails with determination. Project Care!

Special thanks to Rock Yea Sin for partnering with us! May your supporters continue to uplift you throughout the season!

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Project Clean Up

We Care, We Can, We Act!

If we desire to live in a clean environment with economic development in high property values we must first appreciate the things we currently have. We can’t expect great things to come when we devalue our homes, neighborhoods, and community.

Contact Mr. Dawit Willis  | community@dekalbkidsproject.org

Join the Team!

Join us as we make a difference to sacrifice small efforts to make a huge difference on Saturday during our Project Clean Up.




The Urban League of Greater Atlanta has been all about economic empowerment since we opened our doors more than 98 years ago, as part of a broader, National Urban League network of 98 historic civil rights organizations throughout the United States—all dedicated to fostering economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. 

When African-American and other underserved communities are fully empowered in each of these areas, we will see greater opportunities and equal access throughout the entire Metropolitan Atlanta region.





Kenneth Cowser Master Carpenter Quality Precision Concepts

A Master Carpenter is one that focuses on custom woodwork such as framing for houses, and repairing structures made of wood.

As a child, my dad was a Carpenter who was constantly working. I anticipated going to work with him, it was the only way to spend time with him. As I got older, the skills I learned through observation became helpful because it allowed me to make money. 

As I begin to make money, I began to pay more attention. The more I learned, the more money I made. As I began working with more people, I found that I actually enjoyed it. I loved hearing the visions of people and finding ways to make their dream a reality. I found a love for seeing growth.

I discovered that my ability to hear a vision, mentally work the processes, break each step down, and work the entire project backward was a gift. It’s like the construction of a puzzle, how you build the border first to a gist of the picture. I am able do just that. I can see the bigger picture! I have always excelled at math from an early age. My competence with numbers is useful because mathematics plays an important part in carpentry. Precise measurements and accuracy are critical because a few numbers have the power to ruin a project when they are wrong.

”I’ve always wanted to be as helpful as I could to my community even as a child. I wanted to be influential. I wanted to make a lasting impact like the people who left an impression on me that I’ve carried with me even today.”

If someone is interested in carpentry I would suggest that they be open to learn. They have to pay attention to even the tiniest of details. They have to be attentive during the learning experience because even a momentarily lapse could spell disaster for the project . My experiences came from my dad at a very young age so many of the concepts have become natural to me. I would suggest for someone that is interested in learning a skill whether it’s piano or learning to cut grass, that they always be a student and continue growing to reach their maximum potential.

I am married and I have six beautiful children. I have an awesome family! I try to be the positive light because I know that just a little bit of light can make a huge difference. My wife and I are big on exposure. It is my duty to expose my kids to as much as possible because they need it. I have to be as honest with my kids as possible. 

Success is not money! You have to understand that money will come and go. Money is a number and numbers are infinite, you’ll never have enough!

Passion Equals Purpose

Real success is living in your passion because your passion will excite you and most importantly take care of you. You can identify your passion by asking yourself “What am I willing to fight for?”. When you do what you love, it makes the fight a little easier. That passion will help you against any opponent life throws at you. 

Words of wisdom that I share with the youth is that we all have a purpose. It is our job to find it and feed it! If you don’t find it someone else will give it to you and you’ll be working for them. Every child is special and everything that’s meant to be will already be on the inside of you. 

”I live by three most important words: faith, family, and happiness.”


Community giving back a staple for Eldridge Miller

Champion Newspaper Author: Horace Holloman

On a muggy Saturday morning, several Eldridge L. Miller Elementary teachers, former students and children partnered to create an outside classroom to create a new way of learning.

With the help of DeKalb Kids Project, volunteers and a few teachers at Eldridge L. Miller Elementary transformed a plot of land next to the school into an outdoor classroom and greenhouse.

Kenneth Cowser, owner of Quality Precision Concepts, was a sponsor for the project and helped build the school’s newest amenities.

“I want to try to do anything to beautify our community,” Cowser said. “I can still vividly remember people who helped me when I was younger. They made an impact on my life and impacted my character of who I am today, so I definitely wanted to make that same impact for somebody else.”

Cowser is a former student of E.L. Miller and said it’s important for him to give back to the community any way he can. He said he was excited to help transform the school’s green space into something beautiful.

“Shoot, I remember 20 years ago we were out here playing,” said Cower, laughing. “I remember walking from class here every day going to gym class. This is really major to get to see this positive transformation.”

Cowser said he became involved with the project through his childhood friend and current DeKalb County Schools board member Diijon DaCosta—also a former student of E.L Miller.

DaCosta, a 1996 graduate of E.L. Miller, said the purpose of the project is to help children learn how to produce their own food as well as learn the value of hard work.

“The goal is to tie the community back to the school so we can have a better partnership,” DaCosta said. “The teachers will build this into the curriculum and the kids will start to plant seeds once the school year starts.”

DaCosta also helps run non-profit organization DeKalb Kids Project. According to organization officials, the organization is “focused solely on transforming the minds of the youth to become better leaders.”

DaCosta said the organization helps the DeKalb community every Saturday.

“Our goal is to bridge the gap. That’s why you see so many different age groups out here. Everybody out here right now either went to the school, is going to the school or graduated from the school,” DaCosta said. “We just want to teach them to give back. They could be doing anything in the world right now, but they’re out here at 7 a.m. in the morning and we won’t stop till the job is done.”

DeKalb Kids Project said the new outdoor classroom is part of a transformation at the school.

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Bryant, who helped mix concrete and guide volunteers during the building process, said he wants to teach his students “survival skills” they can use later in life. Bryant said during his tenure as principal students have gone on several field trips each year and developed valuable social skills.

“It builds character for them,” Bryant said. “I’m a product of DeKalb. I’m in education because of my former teachers. I’m one of those statistics that shouldn’t have made it. Our kids [at E.L. Miller] have grown so much socially and emotionally. When you talk about development, it’s not just about test scores.”


DeKalb Kids Projects, Inc. was established as a 5o1(c)(3) organization in 2014 by a group of three individuals ages 27 – 28 who wanted to create a better educational and living environment with activities and support services that would cater to the specific needs of the community. We are conscious of the changing demographics in our community and are committed to growing and adapting our program to meet the emerging needs.

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