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About Us

The National Urban Coalition for Unity and Peace, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(3)(c) tax-exempt minority community based organization - in existence for nearly 30 years and based in Metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia.


Our comprehensive programs include youth initiatives and training; addressing at-risk children and families; providing community services to senior citizens; increasing public safety and awareness; working diligently to improve the skills and education of targeted inner-city populations; and creating a climate that provides a sense of togetherness among community residents.


We have a viable and results-oriented after school program that is designed to reinforce a young personís sense of peace and safety. Activities are designed to allow children time to relax, develop socialization skills, and realize their impact in team building. Participants receive homework assistance, and provided with tips for successful test taking.


A Brief History

The National Urban Coalition for Unity Peace, Inc. (NUCUP), a community-based outreach organization, was founded by Minister James E. Lewis, Jr. in 1986, to address the challenges faced by youth in urban communities. NUCUP works in the communities it serves to enhance the family structure, as well as build self-esteem by providing life-enhancing skills as a preventive means to combat the various societal ills plaguing our nation.

Board of Directors

James E. Lewis, Jr.

President, Founder, and CEO

Avis Hornsby

Board Legal Advisor

H. Ruth Walker Simpson

Screening Chair

Kenneth Jackson, Jr.


Oris Mack


Mitchell Jones

Tynisha Cook

Executive Secretary

Staff Members


Penny Thrash

Director of Operations

Lashawna Hill

Assistant Deputy Director of Production and Finance

Jacqueline K. Harris

Assistant Deputy Director of Logistics and Finance

Nadia Brock

Director of Senior Services


Collaborating Partners (Past and Present)

  • Parklane Elementary School - After School Program

  • Paul D. West Middle School - Men of West

  • Tri-Cities High School

  • Fulton County Rites of Passage

  • East Point Police Dept. - Weed & Seed Program

  • Emory University - Volunteer Emory

  • Fulton County Human Services Department

  • Zion Hill Baptist Church

  • Gus Thornhill Funeral Services, Inc.

Activities and Involvement

  • Tavis Smiley Foundation Youth 2 Leadership Conference

  • The Atlanta Fair

  • Georgia Aquarium

  • Safe Haven After School Tutorial Program

  • Fulton Co. Human Services Rites of Passage Program

  • National Crime Prevention Youth Council Summit

  • Atlanta Hawks Student Excellence Games

  • Georgia National Fair

  • Tennessee Aquarium

  • Life University Tour

  • Emory University Sports Camp

  • Atlanta Falcons Game

  • Atlanta Braves Championship Game

  • Back to School Jamboree

  • Six Flags Theme Park Science/Math Day

  • Piedmont Park Letís Go Fishing Workshop

  • Whitewater Theme Park

  • Teacherís Museum Tour

  • Youth Workshop AIDS/HIV

  • National Black Arts Festival

  • Bike Safety Workshop

  • Leadership Academy

  • School House Rock Production

  • Governorís Mansion

  • World of Coca-Cola

  • Cyclorama

  • Fire Safety Workshop

  • Safe Haven Recognition Reception

  • Motherís Day Reception

  • East Point Earth Day Parade

  • Annual Easter Egg Hunt

  • Symposium Youth Violence, Morehouse College

  • Annual Spring Cleanup Day

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolence

  • UniverSoul Circus

  • Ringling Brothers Circus

  • Atlantic Ocean Excursion, Savannah, GA

  • Space Center Museum, Huntsville, Alabama


"It's easier to build a child than to repair an adult"

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