You have asked, and we are answering. “Who is AWAKE Communities International and what do they have to do with The Metro Times?” In short, we are a young community of passionate leaders dedicated to seeing communities and individuals thrive through training and inspiring youth and young adults to pursue their God-given destinies while learning to serve the cities they live in. How we do that is the real news.

“Welcome to AWAKE!” This is the greeting you can expect to receive when you visit our craft coffeehouse, artisan market, and community gathering place located at 862 Main Street in historic Olde Town Conyers, Ga. Over the last five years, we have been perfecting our culture and building relationships with our community through coffee. We have served our ethically sourced coffee and teas along with genuine conversation to many in our city. We have been focused on creating sustainable resources to support our young leaders’ training program and other non-profit organizations through many community initiatives, global awareness trips, and fundraisers. Though training youth and young adults to root themselves in healthy relationships and pursue their individual purpose through our marketplace leadership school is our number one focus, our community initiatives and global awareness efforts are a close second.

Our AWAKE School of Marketplace Leadership, officially launching in the fall will become the center of all we have worked for, up to this point. The program exists to equip students called to various career paths with individual coaching and classes that lead them in discovering their destiny while building Christlike character. We give them practical tools and service opportunities to launch them into a prosperous future. Our coffeehouse is the perfect hands-on classroom for our interns and students. It will serve, as it has the past five years, as a venue for our expert-roasted ethically sourced craft coffee, meaningful conversations and an environment where integrity and character are developed in young lives every day. Our team of community leaders and coffee lovers lead the school and are excited to see the students’ dreams become a reality. Another venue for our students to create and learn has become this publication, now known as “The Metro Times.”

In late 2017 we acquired the “eMetro Times” through an in-kind donation from Alcovy Media, a local media management company. We have since learned that the venue of news media is a great resource to help tell “good news” stories while encouraging the young leaders we train to engage in healthy communication through journalism and creative design work. We chose to rebrand as “The Metro Times” to tell the stories of the entire area we serve and give all of Metro Atlanta a chance to experience a different type of news. As a non-profit, the paper is now supported through underwriting grants and community donations. Our underwriters are the reason we can continue to spread good news and support our leadership team in all they do for our students.

You can, of course, find out more about us online at awakecoffee.co or by stopping by our location. In fact, we are so excited to meet our readers that you can receive an iced drink of choice on us with this article in hand all summer long. Just let our team know it’s your first time in. We can’t wait to serve you!

Thanks again for your questions and for your continued support to help us continue to #DrinkCoffeeLovePeople.