Maranathan Academy is a nonprofit school specializing in critically at–risk youth. Its primary goal is to break the cycle of government dependency that has plagued the critically at-risk populace for generations. Maranathan Academy is the only school in Birmingham and its’ surrounding cities that works exclusively with critically at-risk youth, as well as the only school that accepts students who have been expelled for weapons-related or violent offenses. Although originally founded solely for educating expelled students and youth in the juvenile court system, the Maranathan student body now includes bullying victims and other youth who have experienced traumatic life events (sexual assault, parental neglect/abandonment). Students enter Maranathan wounded and looking for a place to belong. They emerge equipped to excel.

We welcome and celebrate the chance to help our students lift themselves up, and create opportunity where once there was none. Maranathan Academy gives hope to critically at-risk youth and adults, allowing them to dream.

Maranathan Family Learning Center & Academy, Inc. (MFLC&A) is a privately funded, non-profit, 501(c)(3) all scholarship school and learning center. It was founded in 1991 for the express purpose of providing a safe haven and second chance to critically at-risk youth and adults. The primary goal of Maranathan Academy is to break the cycle of government dependency, that has plagued critically at-risk youth and their families for generations. 

There is currently a waiting list of critically at-risk teens and adults in need of our services. Your tax-deductible contribution will help us to save lives. Every dollar makes a difference. 

Donna Dukes, the founder of Maranathan Academy, is a summa cum laude graduate of Miles College and has dedicated her life to helping individuals realize their educational dreams and potential.


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