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The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Youth Empowerment Series (YES) is accepting applicants for the 2017-18 school year, and we would love to have high school students from your community be a part of our program!
YES offers students an opportunity to participate in several workshops centered on youth development and engagement, such as goal setting, public speaking, resume building and community service activities. The core values underlying the program seek to provide youth with a blueprint to implement change in their community. Students in the program will provide their input and insight on current issues, build workforce skills and develop as leaders. Through career panels, networking and participation, students in the program will also gain exposure to policy and understand how DHS serves Georgians.
During the sessions, we will introduce the services offered by DHS. Students will hear from representatives that work in our divisions of Aging Services, Child Support Services and Family and Children Services. Then, students will be given a chance to provide their input and insight on these services. For more information, the program details can be found at https://dhs.georgia.gov/youth-empowerment-series-yes.
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The application for participation can be found at https://dhs.georgia.gov/apply-yes. The deadline to apply is June 14th.
Please note: Accepted students must commit to attending four Saturday sessions in their region of the state throughout the 2017-18 school year. Transportation is required. Please see the list of meeting locations in each region below.
South Georgia Region will meet in Tifton, GA.
· This includes: Tift, Turner, Irwin, Berrien, Cook, Colquitt, Worth, and more!
Middle Georgia Region will meet in Macon, GA.
· This includes : Bibb, Jones, Monroe, Crawford, Peach, Houston, Twiggs, and more!
Coastal Georgia Region will meet in Metter, GA.
· This includes: Candler, Toombs, Tattnall, Evans, Bulloch, and more!
North Georgia Region will meet in Canton, GA.
· This includes: Cherokee, Forsyth, Dawson, Pickens, Gordon, Bartow, and more!
Metro Atlanta Region will meet in Atlanta, GA.
· This includes: Fulton, Cobb, Henry, Clayton, Fayette, Dekalb, Gwinnett, and Rockdale.
For a full map of all counties in each region, please click here.
The Child Welfare Training Collaborative (CWTC) is a partnership between the Georgia State University Professional Excellence Program and the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services. Our Goal is to promote collaboration and common understanding of issues affecting children and families through our professional development opportunities.
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The Adoptive and Foster Parent Association of Georgia (AFPAG) began in 1973 and was originally the Foster Parent Association of Georgia. One of the main goals is to unify all foster parents, agency representatives and communities to benefit children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned and come into the foster care system for a safe, loving environment. Several years ago, adoptive parents were recognized, and the name was changed to reflect the growing number of adoptions occurring as the result of foster parents adopting their children. Today approximately 85% of all DHR adoptions are by foster parents. For these children, AFPAG works in cooperation with public and private welfare agencies to improve foster care and adoption processes, support foster/adoptive families and provide educational training related to family needs within the foster care system. We advocate for Foster and Adoptive Parents at the local county and state DFCS levels, as well as with the Georgia General Assembly regarding child-welfare issues that impact our families. AFPAG is Georgia’s largest advocate for foster and adoptive homes.
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