DHS seeks participants for youth program

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The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) is asking promising high school students who are passionate about helping created a stronger Georgia to participate in a new program.

DHS Youth Empowerment Series (YES) works to support Georgia’s families by providing opportunities for empowerment, learning and community impact to youth.

“DHS YES looks to transform Georgia families by empowering youth to be tomorrow’s leaders,” said DHS Commissioner Robyn A. Crittenden. “It is our goal to provide youth the opportunity for their voice to be heard as they become agents of change in their community to create stronger families for a stronger Georgia.”

During the school year, DHS YES members will gather around the state and utilize their unique life experiences to create an environment to foster change and impact. YES members will develop their leadership skills through aiding meaningful conversation with state leadership, examining critical issues that face Georgia youth, and participating in community service.

There is no cost associated with applying to or completing the program. All expenses are covered if selected as a participant. To participate in the program, each applicant must meet the following requirements:

* Be currently enrolled in a Georgia high school.

* Demonstrate “promise” in the areas of academic achievement, attendance, discipline and behavior.

* Be passionate about enacting change in his or her community.

* Be willing to be a representative of his or her peers.

* Be willing to meet six times throughout the school year.

The group will consist of 50 students from around the state who will grow alongside each other throughout the school year. Participants are selected through an application and interview process. All applications are due May 6.

To apply, download the application (dhs.georgia.gov/youth-empowerment-series-yes) and submit it to Kristyn Cherry by email (kristyn.cherry@dhs.ga.gov) or fax (770-342-7506) or regular mail (Georgia Department of Human Services, Peachtree Street NW, Suite 29.262, Atlanta, GA 30303-3142). Make sure your two references have completed and submitted reference forms by the May 6 deadline.