Conyers, GA. – The Ecopreneur Council of the Atlanta Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce (AMBCC) and the A.R. “Gus” Barksdale Boys and Girls Club have commenced the first phase of their Protégé Program: Mapping Educational Pathways to Green Careers after partnering in November.

The first session, in a series of eight, introduced the children to the Ecopreneur Council and outlined how the program will progress. The program participants, a group of 10-12 year olds, were given a knowledge assessment on green living and shown a video of green pioneer, George Washington Carver.

The initial eight sessions will make up the first phase/educational training portion of the program. The entire three phase program was created to expose youth and their families to green education and implementation training, according to AMBCC Program Coordinator Melonie Hill.

“By the end of the program our goal is to help educate, enlighten and expose our youth to the importance of being stewards of their environment,” said Hill. “We want them to be excited about green living and in the future possibly pursue sustainability as a career.”

Members of the Ecopreneur Council will alternate teaching the one-hour sessions. The topics will include gardening, solar energy, biofuels and more. The upcoming class will highlight recycling, with the AMBCC providing recycling bins to the facility. Participants will learn how to separate recyclable products and how to compost. The children will also decorate the bins to add a unique, personable touch.

The first phase of sessions will run every other Monday from 4-5 p.m. at the A.R. “Gus” Barksdale Boys and Girls facility until May 23. For more information to get involved with the AMBCC Ecopreneur Council or to contribute to the green initiative program please contact Melonie Hill at