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Rockdale County seeks applicants for Ga. Civic Awareness Program for Students
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Rockdale County seeks applicants for Ga. Civic Awareness Program for Students

CONYERS, Ga. – For the third consecutive year, Rockdale County will provide civic education to youth going to school in the County through the Georgia Civic Awareness Program for Students (GCAPS).

Developed by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG), the program spotlights the ongoing need for increased civic awareness and engagement among Georgia’s youth. The program gives high school students direct access by educating them about the responsibilities of local government and the essential services it provides citizens. The County funds the program through an ACCG grant.

“We are excited to bring County government closer to another group of Rockdale youth,” Rockdale County GCAPS Program Manager Brittany Johnson said. “This course offers our high school students a vital opportunity to experience government beyond the classroom and showcases the importance of local officials and citizens working together.”

In 2012, ACCG chose Rockdale County as one of four new GCAPS programs in Georgia. Last year, 10 high school students from across Rockdale were selected to participate in leadership training and team building exercises. They also toured County facilities such as the Jail, Wastewater Treatment Plant and Rockdale 23, the County’s government-access cable channel. The students also visited the State Capitol and interacted with state public officials including Gov. Nathan Deal.

Students eligible to participate in the six-month program must live in or attend school in Rockdale County, and be at least a high school sophomore or junior as of August 2014. GCAPS participants must be able to attend meetings once a month after school.

Public, private and home schooled students are encouraged to apply for one of 15 available slots. The first 10 applicants selected for the program will receive a $10 Starbucks gift card as an early registration incentive.

The program will run from October to April. The deadline to apply is Friday, Oct. 10.

For more information or to apply, contact Brittany Johnson at 770-278-7373 or britj112@uga.edu.

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