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FEATURE 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. Macon-Bibb GCAPS. 22 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

President’s Message
Director’s Desk
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