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Macon-Bibb County Youth Commission Orientation

Macon-Bibb County and local schools welcomed the fifth cohort of the Georgia Civic Awareness Program for Students (GCAPS) at its Orientation Session on August 30, 2016 at the Cox Capitol Theatre. Thirty sophomores, juniors, and seniors were selected from nine public and private schools after an application and interview process. GCAPS is Macon-Bibb County’s Youth Leadership Pro-gram which to date has provided leadership development to over 100 students.

"GCAPS is an amazing opportunity for students to get involved with their community at an early age, and it's even better that they are going to see how we're building a new consolidated government," says Macon-Bibb Assistant County Manager Charles Coney.

During the Orienta-tion, students had a chance to meet each other, as well as local leaders and the organizers of the program. They learned about community leadership, before discussing the year's schedule, expectations, and community service requirements. On next week, Tuesday, September 6th, the students will be presented to the Macon-Bibb County Commission during its regular 6:00 p.m. meeting. Parents, teachers, principals, and well-wishers are invited to attend.

The Georgia Civic Awareness Program for Students (GCAPS) was developed by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) staff and county officials to address the need for increased civic involvement and awareness among our state’s youth. The Bibb County Board of Commissioners established its program in 2012 with a $3,750 grant from ACCG. The 2014-2015 cohort was the first under the newly consolidated Macon-Bibb County government. We look forward to even more progress with the 2016-2017 cohort.

Youth gain knowledge about their local governments through hands-on learning ex-periences and witness firsthand the decision making process. The objective of GCAPS is simple: to educate young citizens about the importance of being actively conscious of their local government environment and the opportunities available in the public sector. GCAPS provides civic education by exposing high school students to the role that local government plays and by introducing them to the leaders who make local governments work.

As a result of GCAPS, youth become engaged in their communities and become better informed citizens, they also learn valuable leadership skills and have the opportunity to create and implement civic awareness projects.

In the words of President John F. Kennedy, "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."

Youth Commission Leadership Team
Commissioner Bert Bivins,
Charles L. Coney, Assistant County
Alisha Duhart, Program Coordinator
Cole Porter, Mercer University Intern
Sharrieff Muhammad, Middle Georgia
State University Intern
Marlon Baldwin, Industry
Development Authority
Amber Giltz, Law Enforcement Center
Dominique Lewis, Recreation
Kari Mateling, Cooperative Extension
Crystal Rutherford, Law Enforcement
Sedrick Swan, Recreation
Chief Brenda Thomas, Fire

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