S.M.A.R.T. Moves Chess

The S.M.A.R.T. Moves Chess and Mentoring Program was founded with the mission of providing activities, services and mentors to help young men prepare for the challenges of manhood and responsible fatherhood. The program was started by a group of Juvenile Court officers who wanted to address the needs of the court-involved young men they encounter on a daily basis.

For inquiries regarding the S.M.A.R.T. Moves Chess and Mentoring Program, please contact:

Samuel Washington
Deputy Chief Juvenile Probation Officer
p: 404.613.4804 | e: samuel.washington@fultoncountyga.gov

S.M.A.R.T., an acronym for science, math, arts, reading and technology, brings together a unique group of sheriff’s deputies, probation officers, attorneys, college students and parents to provide homework help and tutoring for teens. Program participants are taught to apply the focus, strategy and decision making skills they use on the chessboard to the problems and challenges they face in their everyday lives.

In the coming months, the program aims to register more teenagers and develop a competitive chess team that will share their personal stories of smart decision making and overcoming obstacles with groups of students from Fulton County and Atlanta Public Schools.

The S.M.A.R.T. Moves Chess and Mentoring Program meets every Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Romae T. Powell Juvenile Justice Center.

In 2015, Public Broadcasting Atlanta visited S.M.A.R.T. Moves over several weeks to film a sement for their This Is Atlanta program. PBA spoke with organizers and participants, and the video demonstrates the care and attention they bring to their work with young participants- all while donating their own time and resources to make this program possible.

This Is Atlanta: SMART Moves Chess