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During the Great Depression, education for black children in Davidson, North Carolina was an afterthought. Students of all ages were taught in an inadequate wood-frame building in the Westside neighborhood. When that building burnt to the ground, teacher Ada Jenkins rallied the community and raised enough money to build the Davidson Colored School, a brick building that houses the Ada Jenkins Families and Careers Development Center today.

The school was renamed the Ada Jenkins School after Ms. Jenkins’ death in 1944. When public schools integrated in the 1960’s, the building briefly closed before reopening as a daycare, a food co-op, a dance studio, and an afterschool program. Recognizing the changing needs of the community, volunteers completely renovated the space and established our 501 (c) 3 nonprofit charter in 1994. Ada Jenkins’ granddaughter attended our opening ceremony.

Today, we are committed to helping people of all backgrounds break the cycle of poverty and gain economic independence through a two-generation approach. Our organization has become a resource hub for Northern Mecklenburg County and a well-respected model for community centers in the region.