Handshake Atlanta

Based upon the success and growth of the Handshake Program in our first city of Columbus, Ohio, we decided to expand into Atlanta, Georgia for 2017.

We selected Atlanta because of our sizable support network in the city.  Initially, some support will be provided from the Columbus team, but Handshake Atlanta will become its own 501(c)-3 and will be lead by its own Executive Director and team.  Our first meeting of six Atlanta Handshake Coaches and six Students was held on February 21, 2017.

2017 Students & Schools

Denise Issah - Pope

Dora Leonardo - Wheeler

Hannah McCrory - Milton

Connor Stark - Roswell

Thomas Summe - Wheeler

Nick Viland - Pope

2017 Atlanta Handshake Coaches

Corneille Burt Algarra -

Nancy Blythe - Walton Communities

Steve Flaim - First Light Corp

Evan Longstreth - Thrivent

Doug Probst - Handshake America

Patty Probst - Community Leader

Assistant Coaches

Dinika Johnson

Nick Winbush


The Atlanta Program

The Handshake Scholarship Program consists of eight scheduled sessions between the students and their Handshake Coaches over the course of the calendar year. In these sessions the students learn from their handshake coaches and special guests who provide different perspectives on the 5Ps (Perseverance, Passion, Positivity, People, Presence) and what it takes to be successful.

2/21/17   Orientation at gallery43 in Roswell

Feb/Mar  Coach/Student Meeting at High School

4/24/17    Group Meeting at Walton Communities HQ

6/15/17    Group Meeting at DSW Regional Office

Early August     Group Meeting at The Athletes Foot U.S. Headquarters

Early October   Group Meeting at Location TBD

Mid November  Group Meeting at Location TBD

Late January    Annual Assembly at Location TBD


Atlanta Leadership Team

Doug Probst - Acting Executive Director

Corneille Burt Algarra

Bill Blythe

John Carson

Steve Flescher

Amy Hunter

Jim McGivern - Selection Committee

Donovan Potter

Brian Probst - Finance Committee