About Us

AWO History and Mission


Another Way Out, Inc. (AWO) is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to empower youth in the Atlanta metropolitan area with the skills necessary to pursue higher education and create strong communities. Through a variety of youth empowerment programs, educational experiences, mentoring and intervention-based activities, AWO operates year-round throughout Fulton and surrounding counties.

Founded in 1992, AWO focuses on creating opportunities for youth to broaden their perceptions of what life has to offer, motivating them to stay in school, resist negative peer pressure, and avoid teen parenthood, drugs, violence, and other risky behaviors. In its 26-year history, AWO has impacted thousands of youth and their families through programs and events. The primary goal has been and continues to be for our youth to become productive, self-sustaining, responsible members of society, achieving their full potential to have a successful adult life.

Two of AWO’s highly successful and mostly commonly utilized services are the mentoring and workforce programs:

The AWO Mentoring Program is designed to build the character of our youth within a one-on-one relationship with a leader in the community; whether teacher, clergy, law enforcement, or other professional. The program is based on six (6) ethical values that build character and are outside of politics, religion or culture.

              Six Pillars of Character:

Trustworthiness                     Respect

Responsibility                       Fairness

Caring                                 Citizenship

The AWO Youth Workforce Program provides an opportunity during the summer months for youth to gain leadership, increase work ethic and bolster self-confidence. AWO works closely with businesses  and agencies to create work opportunities and develop individualized plans that take into account the youth’s interests, skills and motivation.



For additional information on the Another Way Out, Inc. please contact:

Sam Tompkins, Founder

Another Way Out, Inc., 3520 Cascade Rd. SW, Atlanta, GA 30331

(471) 225-1313 – Office  (404) 317-7407 – Cell