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State invites students to apply for Youth Empowerment Series
Posted 6/17/19

     Youth Empowerment SeriesThe Georgia Department of Human Services Youth Empowerment Series (YES) is gearing up for its 2019 – 2020 cycle, and they invite high school students to apply to participate in one of their five cohorts in Atlanta, Columbus, Athens, Valdosta, or Gainesville this fall and winter. YES is a leadership development program that seeks to cultivate a generation of young people who are engaged in the needs of their communities and are equipped to educate and recruit others to help DHS build stronger families for a stronger Georgia.

     DHS will recruit participants from all over the state. Each cohort site will host no more than 25 participants. YES is meant to engage young people in fun activities and thought-provoking discussions that cover a myriad of topics. The meetings will be held from Saturday, overnight until Sunday. All expenses are paid for by DHS. The dates for the available cohorts are as follows: Atlanta: August 25 – 26, 2019; Columbus: September 28 – 29, 2019; Athens: October 26 – 27, 2019; Valdosta: December 7 – 8,2019; and Gainesville: February 1 – 2, 2019.

     All high school students, who are either a rising ninth-grade, tenth, eleventh, or twelfth-grade student, and who are in good behavioral and academic standing, are welcome to apply. Attached is a copy of both the paper application and fillable PDF. Each application must be submitted before each site's deadline:

Atlanta deadline June 28, 2019; Columbus deadline July 26, 2019; Athens deadline August 23, 2019; Valdosta deadline October 4, 2019; and Gainesville deadline November 29, 2019

     The application is also available on the DHS website: For more information contact Joshua Beaner with DHA at 404.463.0745 or