For the ninth year in a row, Georgia College has been awarded a grant to participate in the Georgia Youth Adult Program through the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). The $8,230 from GOHS provides educational opportunities for Georgia College to fund events and activities to educate students about the dangers of driving after drinking, high-risk alcohol choices and other highway safety issues.
Georgia College receives Young Adult Program Grant
The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) has awarded an $8,230 Young Adult Program grant to Georgia College under the direction of University Health Educator Rachel Sullivan.
Georgia College’s program, “Safe and Sound,” will receive funding for the eighth consecutive year, totaling $71,230. The funding helps support the student peer education organization, P.A.W.S.: Peers Advocating Wellness Successfully, as well as various campus initiatives designed to help reduce high-risk alcohol use and to promote seatbelt use.
The goals of the project are to increase seatbelt usage, reduce high-risk drinking and reduce drunk driving among college students through peer education and law enforcement programs. Some of these initiatives include alcohol-free events, highway safety information and participation in awareness campaigns such as National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week.
“We have students signed up to be trained as Bacchus Network nationally certified peer educators,” said Sullivan who serves as project director. “The Peer Educators will help coordinate alcohol-free programming on campus.”
Georgia College has a campus-wide effort involving cooperation from Student Health Services, Public Safety, Campus Life and University Housing.
For more information contact Rachel Sullivan at (478) 445-1780.