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.
Sisters support each other through college studies
Sisters Brandy Parham and Rachel Turner are true achievers.
The Eatonton, Ga., natives grew up living with Sisters Brandy Parham and Rachel Turner both plan to teach after graduating together Saturday. parents who had drug and alcohol addictions; supported their own families with children; and passed all their classes at Georgia College with flying colors.
The sisters spent their entire childhood together, helping each other through life’s obstacles. During May graduation, Parham and Turner also will cross the university’s graduation stage together to receive their diplomas.
“We know the difference between life is hard and a hard life,” said Parham, 31. “I’ve always wanted more for Rachel’s and my future than just getting by and never getting ahead.”
Parham, an English major, and Turner, a special education major, both plan to teach after graduation.
Both want to inspire youth to achieve their dreams despite unfavorable circumstances.
“We love both our parents and speak to them on a regular basis,” said Turner, 24. “I feel they gave us examples of what not to be in life. Brandy and I hold ourselves and each other to higher standards than where we came from.”
The sisters understood their parents’ struggles and worked hard to grow from their childhood experiences.
Wanting more for each other and their new families, the two made a pact to attend Georgia College and complete their degrees. However, the sisters never imagined they would graduate together.
“It just kind of worked out like that,” Parham said. “At first, I felt I could not compete with my peers. I soon realized we all had something different to bring to the classroom experience. I’m truly proud of both of us.”