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Georgia College receives Young Adult Program Grant

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October 06, 2011

The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) has awarded an $8,230 Young Adult Program grant to Georgia College under the direction of University Health Educator Rachel Sullivan.

Georgia College’s program, “Safe and Sound,” will receive funding for the eighth consecutive year, totaling $71,230. The funding helps support the student peer education organization, P.A.W.S.: Peers Advocating Wellness Successfully, as well as various campus initiatives designed to help reduce high-risk alcohol use and to promote seatbelt use.

The goals of the project are to increase seatbelt usage, reduce high-risk drinking and reduce drunk driving among college students through peer education and law enforcement programs. Some of these initiatives include alcohol-free events, highway safety information and participation in awareness campaigns such as National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week.

“We have students signed up to be trained as Bacchus Network nationally certified peer educators,” said Sullivan who serves as project director. “The Peer Educators will help coordinate alcohol-free programming on campus.”

Georgia College has a campus-wide effort involving cooperation from Student Health Services, Public Safety, Campus Life and University Housing.

For more information contact Rachel Sullivan at (478) 445-1780.

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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For more information, contact University Communications at (478) 445-4477.


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