During 2012, the Georgia Department of Education’s 21st Century Learning Community Center Programs granted Georgia College’s Youth Enrichment Services (YES) Program five-year renewal awards to support in-school afterschool projects. YES is Baldwin County’s only free afterschool program, providing enrichment and academic opportunities at Baldwin High School, Blandy Hills Elementary School, Eagle Ridge Elementary School, Midway Elementary School and Oak Hill Middle School.
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.