Albany is a city of about 78,000 residents along the Flint River in southwestern Georgia and makes up most of the population of Dougherty County. The area houses a Marine base and formerly was home to other military bases. The poverty rate in Albany from 2006 to 2010 was twice that of the state, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The unemployment rate also exceeds the state average. To help young people become leaders and engage in their community, World Vision offers the Youth Empowerment Program in Albany.
A once-troubled teen now helps others
Anthony's life has come full circle. He grew up in poverty in Albany in a volatile family situation. When he was only 5, his father was sent to prison. Anthony struggled in school, got into a lot of trouble, and joined a gang in middle school. School authorities said he was destined for death or jail. Read more...