About Us At the heart of everything we do at Community Connection is our belief that no need should go unmet. We see every need as one we could have ourselves, and we wish to respond to that need with hope. From hope for an individual in despair to the hope we have to build a better, stronger Athens, Community Connection exists to meet
The Community Connection Youth Alliance promotes social awareness and a lifetime commitment to service by equipping the next generation of leaders with tools and engaging them, as present-day leaders, in the ongoing effort toward community improvement.
those needs every day as we work toward a brighter future. As we celebrate our 30th year, we have
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renewed our commitment to realize our vision of a better Athens. We believe that our community possesses sufficient talent and resources to
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address our present challenges. By collaborating with agencies to maximize the resources available, by harnessing the power of the human
The Athens Area Homeless Shelter
spirit in the hands of meaningful volunteerism, and by continually assessing and improving the ways that service is delivered and needs are met,
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Community Connection is working to strengthen this community one individual and one agency at a time.
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PROGRAM OVERVIEW The mission of the Community Connection Youth Alliance, a program of Community Connection of Northeast Georgia, is to promote social awareness and a lifetime commitment to service by equipping the next generation of leaders with tools and engaging them in the ongoing effort toward community improvement. This year-long service learning program is offered by Community Connection in partnership with the Clarke County School District and is intended to support the work of our partner nonprofits while providing leadership opportunities for Clarke County high school students. In addition to earning CTAE internship credit toward graduation, members will receive advanced training on a range of special topics, including leadership, event planning, marketing and promotions, and volunteer coordination. Members will be given the opportunity to apply their newly acquired skills in real time by serving as volunteer coordinators at the local agencies at which theyâ€™ll be placed, twomembers-to-a-site.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS VOLUNTEER COORDINATION June 9, 2014 Members will achieve mastery of the steps involved in a successful volunteer program and will implement a volunteer management plan addressing the specific needs of their agency.
PR & ADVERTISING June 16, 2014 Members will receive training in the principles of effective public relations and will develop and execute a marketing plan for the promotion of their host agencies.
PROJECT PLANNING June 23, 2014 By developing a project management plan for each volunteer event and fundraiser they lead, members will learn how to plan and execute successful volunteer and special projects.
PUBLIC SPEAKING June 30, 2014 Members will learn the techniques of effective public speaking and will practice this skill by interfacing with volunteers and supporters of their host agencies.
NETWORKING July 7, 2014 Through practice-based experience, members will learn how to effectively network in order to expand their contact lists and advance the visibility of their host organization.
FUNDRAISING SKILLS July 14, 2014 Members will be exposed to the myriad approaches and basic principles of effective fundraising and will develop a fundraising plan toward a goal of raising $1,000 for their agency.
BUDGETING July 28, 2014 Members will learn the essentials of special event budget creation and will generate and adhere to a budget for their fundraising activities.
June 9 Host Agency Orientation April 18 Application Deadline
May 8 Acceptance Decisions Received
application process (March 24- April 18) April 28- May 2 On-campus Interviews
Aug. 2 Family Gathering
summer session (June 2 - Aug. 2) June 2-6 Boot Camp
Aug. 16 Fall Orientation
Jan. 10 Spring Orientation
Monthly Workshop (TBD)
fall session (Aug. 16 - Dec. 12)
Mondays (11-2 p.m.) Weekly Workshop
Dec. 24 Christmas Dinner
Monthly Check-in (TBD) spring session (Jan. 5- March 5) March 5 Graduation Ceremony