We had the good fortune of connecting with Chelsea Pounds and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Chelsea, how does your business help the community?
Our organization helps the community directly by encouraging higher education and connecting individuals and families to resources. In addition, we create a space for community connectedness. Our target population is at-risk youth and families, so we create opportunities to grow and learn about more productive means of functioning. Although our impact originates locally we hope that the seeds we plant produce a harvest of service in others.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I currently serve as a Primary Therapist for children and adolescents with mental/behavioral health. I always find it interesting how I never thought I would work with kids growing up but every job I’ve had has been centered around youth. I am truly passionate about being a resource for kids because they are vulnerable and so deserving of the ability to be just that, a kid. I have made it to where I am now by networking, furthering my education and simply plugging myself in where I see a need. It definitely has its challenge, it’s demanding and I juggle my nonprofit while also working full time and being a full time student. I would do it all over again to see smiling faces, positive relationship building and overall growth in various aspects of their lives. One thing I want people to know about my organization is that we are empathetic to the many experiences our youth and their families face. We believe in service to others because it truly takes a village.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my Bestfriend was visiting for a week long trip, we would have many options for food and fun. Of course we would start with food first because we are foodies. Some of my favorite places to eat are Gritz Brunch Bar, Ted’s Montana, Bar Taco and Lily’s. Some good daytime fun would be hiking at Sweetwater Park, Axe throwing at BadAxe, Sip n Paint, Georgia Aquarium and visiting the Braves stadium. There is a wide variety of night lift activities such as clubs but I prefer sporting events and concerts at State Farm Arena.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shoutout my amazing family, friends and community. The amount of love and support that we have received has been overwhelming. We are appreciative of the monetary donations, engagement and feedback. The continued support of our village allows us to continue to make such a big impact for those in need.

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