Model Atlanta Regional Commission (MARC)

Preparing Metro Atlanta’s Next Generation of Leaders

Since 1998, the award-winning Model Atlanta Regional Commission (MARC) youth leadership program brings together 50-55 high school students representing the 10-county Atlanta region (Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties and the city of Atlanta).

The students meet for six months of study, debate and hands-on activities regarding regional issues and challenges, providing a better understanding of their community while honing their leadership skills.

MARC participants learn about transportation, water supply, land use, sustainability, human services issues, public art and other issues from community leaders and ARC experts.

The students are organized into committees emulating the ARC Board structure and develop resolutions for policy and programmatic approaches to solve the region’s most crucial issues. Participants present their resolutions to the ARC Board for review and consideration.

MARC Resolutions

MARC Application

The application period for the 2017-18 class is now closed. The application period for the 2018-19 class begins in February 2018.

Application criteria:

  • Students must be rising high school sophomores or juniors
  • An equitable representation of the 10-county region
  • Students must demonstrate an interest in civic and community issues
  • Students are selected based on their level and breadth of participation in extracurricular activities, a written essay and recommendations.

MARC brochure (PDF)

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