2737 South Central Ave - PO Box - 7651 - Tifton Ga. 31794
Phone: 229-386-4360

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PLIGHT, INC. History

PLIGHT, Inc. was organized in 1988 by various community members to combat the rising teenage pregnancy rate, widespread substance abuse among youth, and the lack of employment opportunities for Black males. 

PLIGHT set out to enroll over 200 young people in grades 4-12.  Workshops were held on a monthly basis on topics including violence prevention, summer enrichment, self-esteem, substance abuse, human sexuality and other problems confronting youth.

PLIGHT received various grants from state agencies and private donors – the first being a High Risk Youth grant from the Georgia Department of Human Resources.  Target Distribution Center of Tifton awarded several grants for supplies and materials for the tutorial program.  PLIGHT was the forerunner for parenting classes in Tift County – several locals were sponsored through the Prevention Resource Center in Atlanta to conduct parenting skills classes for over 350 parents.

To honor the late Rev. Amos Ryce, II – the pioneer of PLIGHT – a scholarship was established to assist needy high school seniors to further their education.  Donations are received annually from relatives, friends, former colleagues, businesses and organizations.

In January 2003, PLIGHT began sponsoring an annual Leadership Development Institute (LDI) class.  LDI’s theme is as follows:  “To develop quality leaders in the 21st Century.”  Additionally, its mission is to assist in the development of leaders who will work toward improving the quality of life in their communities.

PLIGHT, Inc. continues to conduct workshops monthly, and an after-school tutorial program is in place for students in 4th – 8th grades throughout the county.  The organization was incorporated in 1989, and acquired its tax-exempt status in April 1991.

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