About Us

Achievement: "In my childhood neighborhood,which has been infested with drugs, student participants in the Rose Garden/Davenport Town Community Study Hall program have a 98% high school graduation rate and this program produced and 85% college attendance rate.

Our Mission

Our mission is to positively change children's lives by helping neighborhood residents to organize and establish an infrastructure providing long-term, accessible, academic support for the youth of its neighborhood through a robust after-school program, called Community Study Hall (CSH).

Community Study Hall (CSH) includes tutoring, homework assistance, life skills workshops, field trips, library sessions, academic awards banquets, enrichment activities, and technology education programs, just to name a few.

When fully implemented, Community Study Hall assists in the development of youths' skills, abilities, health, and overall character, through developing their abilities, limiting undesirable exposure, strengthening their preparedness for life, molding their character and motivating healthy behavior.

Our Vision


Canty CSH students at the Tuskegee University field trip.

Our Vision is to have neighborhoods across the United States having flourishing Community Study Halls.

Neighborhoods Focused On African-American Youth, Inc. (NFOAAY) is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization focused on positively changing the outcome of African-American youth.

Cheryl Bursh, the NFOAAY founder, also co-founded the original Hand's Feet & Mouth, Inc. Community Study Hall program, with an 85% college attendance rate (for those who participated from age 3 to 18) This program model specifically, HFM Community Study Hall, has a proven track record for over thirty years.

Intent To Apply for 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Funding

For years, the state of Georgia has awarded grants to school and community-based organizations to operate 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs. These programs offer academic and enrichment activities to students, ranging from K to 12th grade, and their parents with preference given to grantees in high-poverty areas. Neighborhoods Focused On African-American Youth, Inc. is applying for the State Of Georgia Department of Education FY25 Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant funds. If you would like to provide feedback on the submission of the application or have any questions pertaining to th 21st CCLC program, please contact Cheryl L. Bursh, Executive Director at (404) 460-9089 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

If Neighborhoods Focused On African-American Youth, Inc. is selected as a 21st CCLC grant recipient, Neighborhoods Focused On African-American Youth, Inc. will place an announcement of this award on the NFOAAY website, specifically . In addition to the announcement, a brief summary of the program will be available on the NFOAAY website.