The Resurgence Leadership Foundation began as the Metro Atlanta Leadership Foundation (MALF). It was founded in 2009 by Cornelius Williams, Jr. and a group of Christian business owners & clergy. It was birthed in response to the need that Cornelius’ witnessed while on staff with Young Life. He saw that there were far too many people serving youth in under-resourced communities that lacked access to the training, support, and resources to build sustainable programs. MALF became a member of Leadership Foundations, a global network of Local Leadership Foundations working to transform cities around the world.
In the beginning, the focus was on providing mentoring programs for young men. Curt Swilley continued his partnership with Cornelius with the Young G.U.N.Z. Discipleship program which served fifteen young men in Dunwoody, GA and Lithonia, GA. At the same time, Dr. Andrew Griffin assisted Cornelius with the launching of the Young Generals Leadership Program at Dekalb Academy of Technology & Environment that served fifteen 2nd-8th grade boys. These programs led to the creation of the Legacy 3on3 Basketball Tournament that provided mentors and their proteges the opportunity to deepen their relationships through competition.
In 2015, through the partnership with Leadership Foundations, MALF received its first grant to strengthen mentoring programs in metro Atlanta. Funds were given to another local program which helped position MALF to provide access to other leaders and expand our impact to sixty students. Shortly after being awarded this grant, the decision was made to support a mentoring program for girls. Cornelius partnered with Caroline Bell and two other women to start My Little Sisters.
Within the first year of My Little Sisters, Cornelius met with Bianca Singleton, founder of Precious Me, Inc. and began coaching her. This led to My Little Sisters becoming a Precious Me Empowerment and Bianca joining MALF as the director of the newly formed Youth Mentoring Collaborative (YMC). Through the YMC, MALF was able to provide mentor training and coaching to five mentoring programs which expanded its impact from 80 students to over 200.
The organization has grown and become a Resurgence Leadership Foundation. Our 2030 goals are to train 500 leaders, certify 5000 mentors, and impact 10,000 kids. There are still far too many people serving youth in under-resourced communities that lack access to the training, support, and resources to build sustainable programs. With the help of the Lord, we will be relentless and contribute to the resurgence from these communities.