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Georgia Possible: UGA and CCSD program guides high school students

Nicole Jordan

The University of Georgia and the Clark County School District’s collaborative project, Georgia Possible, is guiding 30 high school students through leadership and skill development in a three-year program meant to prepare them for success in and beyond the classroom.

Cedar Shoals High School student Jamar Bailey commented on the program's efficacy on a recent visit to Athens Technical College’s welding department, saying “Without Georgia Possible, I would not have learned as much about college. I have seen a path for the future laid out in front of me and through the program I can expand on what I want to do after high school.”

Students like Bailey meet monthly throughout the school year to explore potential career opportunities, engage in academic guidance, meet with local leaders and participate in community and cultural experiences. Discussion topics for the group include effective communication, conflict and stress management, as well as goal setting and college preparation.

Launched in 2019, the inaugural class of 36 students graduated from the program in April 2022. Georgia Possible is the result of a collaborative effort across the UGA campus that includes the Office of the President, Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, Office of Community Relations and Office of Institutional Diversity, along with the Clarke County School District.