So, COVID-19 aside, Avant-Youth has chosen to stand with those who have been harmed, killed or pushed back by racial injustices. Though we do not condone the violence that has damaged many small, local businesses in the Atlanta area during the May 29 riots, we can understand why these protests and riots are happening. But destroying those who have built a livelihood with their own hands is also not the answer [especially since more than half of Atlanta’s small businesses are minority-owned].

Here’s where you could help.

If you are a small business owner in the metro Atlanta area that has been negatively affected by COVID-19, the protests (or racial injustice, even), please fill out our form. It takes less than 10 minutes.

As we verify each business [large or small], we ask that you please be patient with us, since we don’t wish to lead our readers astray.

Lastly, if you’re able to support our journalism, our team has been out there covering the protests day in and day out, tirelessly working to capture the good and the bad, as well as keeping the government accountable by reminding them: They’re being watched.