Created for a Purpose Creative Arts Camp for Girls

Created for a Purpose Creative Arts Camp for Girls

Created for a Purpose creative arts girls camp is just one of the tools East Lake Initiative utilizes in order to fulfill the goal of “building relationships for the sake of community transformation."

In 2015 East Lake Initiative began offering Created for a Purpose, a premier girls camp, to the young ladies of East Lake in the inner city of Birmingham. Created for a Purpose was developed out of the desire to counter the messages of culture and instill into young women the truth that they are highly valued by God, created in His image, and for His purpose, utilizing creative arts. 

Planting for the Future in the East Lake Neighborhood Garden

Planting for the Future in the East Lake Neighborhood Garden

If you’ve driven past the corner of 76th Street South and Division Avenue recently, you’ve seen it. It used to be a vacant lot, but it’s grown into much more: it’s giving life to the community. It’s our neighborhood garden. It’s YOUR neighborhood garden.

Serving Students in East Lake

Serving Students in East Lake

Seven years ago, East Lake Initiative took our first step into serving the East Lake community. A small group of volunteers met with Wanda Birchfield, Principal of Barrett Elementary School, to ask how they might be able to help. What did the school need? Where could she use them the most?

“We felt like the school was the epicenter, the heartbeat of the community,” Pam Bates, East Lake Initiative’s (ELI) Executive Director, explains.