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Mission Statement
The mission of the Ash Tree Organization (ATO), Inc. is to provide community-based alternative programs for inner-city school youth, suspended and expelled youth, homeless youth, and juvenile youths and their families, ages 8-16.
Agency Background/Experience
Ash Tree was founded in 1989, in response to the need for a community-based, structured rehabilitative program for juvenile offenders. Through partnerships, collaborations, program planning, investments of donor contributions and monies from fundraisers, Ash Tree has been able to serve over 7,700 juvenile youths and their families, as well as offer more than 20 different community programs and services in Chatham County, and occasionally offers services in Bryan, Richmond, Evans, Effingham and Liberty counties in coastal Georgia.

Ash Tree offers an alternative to the criminal justice system through diverting the youth from generally unsatisfactory effects of institutionalism. The program provides supervision and activities designed to keep youth off the streets, out of trouble with authorities, and teach them how to be both successful in school and in life. We have identified priority areas for our community. These issue areas serve to guide the strategic allocation of available resources for the purpose of enhancing the long-term quality of life in the community. In short, Ash Tree exist to help juvenile offenders develop into productive, responsible citizens, by providing a community-based program of activities and enrichments, designed to deter repeat offending, enhance self-esteem, increase academic and marketable skills, and improve physical and mental well-being.

At the heart of our success is:

  • Keeping court-referred juvenile offenders off the streets, particularly during the hours of 3-7 p.m., when 90% of youth arrests occur nationally
  • Reducing repeat offenses amongst this population
  • The improvement of each participant's school attendance and academic performance
  • Reducing conflicts (i.e., parent-to-child, peer-to-peer, sibling-to-sibling, authority-to-youth)
  • Training youth in marketable skill development and
  • Family strengthening through support services that include family and youth counseling, workshops, school and home visits.

Agency Brochure
Our Commitment

Ash Tree is committed to helping Juvenile offenders develop into productive, responsible citizens, by providing a community-based program of activities and enrichment planned to deter repeat offenses, enhance self-esteem, increase academic and marketable skills, and improve physical and mental well-being.


The Ash Tree Organization was founded in 1991, in response to the need for a community-based structured rehabilitative program for juvenile offenders. Ash Tree offers an alternative to the criminal justice system, diverting the youth from the generally unsatisfactory effects of institutionalism. The program provides supervision and activities designed to keep the youth off the streets, out of trouble with authority, and successful in school. At the heart of Ash Tree's success is our focus on counseling and group activities, which foster development of moral character and traditional family and community values, enhance self-esteem, increase marketable skills, and improve the mental and physical well-being of the youth.

 
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