Founded in 1998, East Atlanta Kids Club was formed by a small group of local residents who understood the importance of engaging neighborhood youth as the most effective intervention for addressing the rapidly growing socioeconomic divide in the community. For 23 years, we have sought to provide youth, who otherwise would have limited afterschool and summertime opportunities, with a safe and stimulating environment to play, learn, and express themselves under the guidance of caring adults.
We accomplish this goal by providing high quality, S.T.E.A.M.-based out-of-school-time programming that meets our youth where they are and empowers them to realize their potential.
Building a promising future for the children of southeast Atlanta
Offered Monday – Thursday, Kids Club is our S.T.E.A.M.-based afterschool for youth ages 7-12. Offered throughout the school year, this program provides afterschool enrichment and exposure while also reinforcing school-day learning to ensure our kids are on track and active, engaged learners.
Offered on a modular basis, Teen Club is designed to meet teens where they are at by nurturing specific interests throughout the year. Offerings may include coding/programming, A/V production, fitness/sports, and service-based learning.
Offered annually during June/July, Sci-Tech Fun & Fitness Camp offers hands-on activities including science experiments, technology and robotics, arts and crafts, music and beat making, and cooking and healthy eating. Each day also features fitness and outdoor activities, including cycling, double dutch, and team sports such as basketball, rugby, kickball, and more.
Offered for the 2020/2021 school year, our Learning Pod serves youth placed at-risk during virtual learning from 8:00AM – 3:00PM. During this time, youth ages 7-12 are able to complete online schoolwork in a safe, structured environment with one-on-one support from trained Program staff to help them reach their academic potential.
Offered weekly on Fridays since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, food distribution supports vulnerable households in southeast Atlanta by providing more than 120,000 pounds/100,000 meals/$300,000 worth of grocery support to families on an annual basis. This weekly food distribution is paired with healthy eating and food systems programming for our youth.
Ryan joined East Atlanta Kids Club in February of 2020, following 22 years of service from founding Executive Director, Jill Sieder. Ryan earned a B.A. in comparative literature from the University of Georgia, an M.F.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame, and an M.S. in adult, occupational, and continuing education from Kansas State University. He joined EAKC following a nine-year tenure at a leading national nonprofit, Year Up, where he held several leadership roles. During this time, he helped launch new program sites in the greater Atlanta area, Virginia, and Florida. He lives in Ormewood Park with his wife, Allison Bertke Downey and two orange cats named Sparksy and Oliver. In his free time, he enjoys playing Australian rules football for the Atlanta Kookaburras, playing disc golf, and exploring Atlanta.
Amechi came on board at EAKC in February 2017, after serving as a program specialist at the Boys & Girls Club and operating her own tutoring company. Prior to that, she was an evaluation and research specialist at the Georgia Governor’s Office of Student Achievement and served as the After-School Program Coordinator at the Georgia Tech Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC) after-school program. She earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Director of Finance and Operations
Shenieque joined EAKC from Harvard University, where she spent three years as a Corporate Alliance Manager. Overall, she has 22 years of experience in Operations, Finance, and HR Management roles, serving at John Hancock Financial, Bureau VERITAS, EMC-Documentum, Pfizer, Harvard School of Public Health, China Medical Board, Bay Cove Andrew House, Prize4Life, and the Roycemore School. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Emmanuel College and is currently completing a Master’s degree in Finance.
Anthony “Troy” Lynch
Learning Pod Instructor
Board of Directors
Chair, Director, Strategic Accounts, aquesst
Vice-Chair, VP, Chief Technology Officer of Watson Advertising
The Weather Company, an IBM Business
Secretary, Human Resources Leader
Treasurer, Supervisory Examiner
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Assistant Secretary, Insurance Agent
Brad Bollier State Farm
Diata Sun, LLC
Moser Law Co.
Senior Manager, Solutions Architecture
Amazon Web Services
Director, Operations & Facilities (Campus Center/West Village/Postal Services)
Georgia Institute of Technology
Founding Executive Director
Great Stone Consulting
Director of Operations
Next Gen Men & Women
Talent Solutions (Learning Experience and Innovation), Year Up
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