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SW GA Regional Commission- 2015 Southwest Georgia Youth Summit

The SW Georgia Regional Commission’s Regional Plan looks at developing new leadership for the region’s communities. The Needs and Opportunities in Intergovernmental Coordination address the lack of leadership and people of all ages being involved in leadership throughout the region. By being closely involved with the annual youth summit, the SW GA RC hopes that students will become interested in the process of governing and in working in that area here in southwest Georgia. Both the Southwest Georgia Housing Task Force and the Southwest Georgia Regional Collaborative are activities and groups listed in the Regional Plan and the Short Term Work Program. Regional collaboration and community involvement through sponsorship helps to make this program successful year after year.

With the theme of “I Live! I Dream! I Succeed!” the 2015 Southwest Georgia Youth Summit was held on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Southwest Georgia RESA in Camilla, GA. It was the result of a collaborative effort of more than a dozen southwest Georgia organizations, and brought together 42 youth in grades 11th and 12th from the 14 counties in Region 10.
The Summit’s goal is to bring leadership training to Southwest Georgia for all students in Southwest Georgia.

The high impact event was filled with team building, communication skills and motivational leadership. Youth attended sessions on communications, teen driving, team building, and financial aid. The teens were further motivated to lead, follow or step aside by motivational speaker Sylvia Hooker. All the students said the day was energetic and engaging. The students were also able to compete for scholarship funds that were provided by our sponsors. To be eligible to compete, participants had to submit a 500 word essay on what “ ” means in their lives.


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