Georgia County Government - Winter 2014 - (Page 22)
Cultivating Future Leaders:
A Look at GCAPS
By Kathleen Bowen
ACCG External Relations Director
ACCG Civic Affairs Foundation Check Presentation to the Effingham County Board of
Commissioners. Photographed: Kathleen Bowen (ACCG), Commissioner Forrest Floyd,
Commissioner Vera Jones, Commissioner Steve Mason, Chairman Wendall Kessler,
Commissioner Reggie Loper, Abby Smith (Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development /
Effingham County GCAPS Program Manager) and Commissioner Phil Kieffer.
GEORGIA COUNTY GOVERNMENT
THE GEORGIA CIVIC Awareness Program for
Students (GCAPS) is one of the programs supported by the ACCG Civic Affairs Foundation.
GCAPS was developed by ACCG staff and
county officials to address the need for
increased civic involvement and awareness
among our state's youth.
GCAPS allows Georgia youth to gain
knowledge about their local governments
through hands-on learning experiences
and opportunities to witness, firsthand, the
decision-making process. The objective of
GCAPS is 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.
In addition to training and learning activities,
students have the opportunity to create and
implement civic awareness projects throughout the year. Youth are able to serve as leaders
and liaisons within their communities, while
becoming engaged and informed citizens.
To date, there are four counties that
have implemented GCAPS-Effingham,
Macon-Bibb, Oconee, and Rockdale counties. Oconee County's program has been in
existence since 2006. Following the awarding of a grant from the Verizon Foundation in
2012, ACCG was able to expand the program to
Rockdale and Macon-Bibb counties, and most
recently, an ACCG Civic Affairs Foundation
check was presented to Effingham County.
Spotlight on Macon-Bibb GCAPS
Macon-Bibb County GCAPS has grown
tremendously over the past two years and
now serves as a model along with Oconee
and Rockdale counties for those who want to
implement GCAPS in their own county.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Winter 2014
From the Prospect’s Perspective: A Look at Economic Development From the Perspective of Potential Businesses
ACCG District Days at the Capitol
The 2015 Legislative Preview: Preparing for Successful County Advocacy
Cultivating Future Leaders: A Look at GCAPS
Centennial Celebration Year in Review
Jefferson County finds Benefit in ACCG Equipment Leasing Program
GASB’s New Rules on Uniformity and Disclosure
Extension News: Leftover Harvests Feed Inmates; Thanks to UGA Extension Collaborative Effort
Partner News: The Value of Communication: Digital Signage
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers
Georgia County Government - Winter 2014