Model Atlanta Regional Commission (MARC)

Preparing Metro Atlanta’s Next Generation of Leaders

The Model Atlanta Regional Commission (MARC) engages students in experiential learning in areas such as transportation, natural resource sustainability, and community development through the lens of the Atlanta region. During the six-month program, this diverse cohort of students learns from subject-area experts and community leaders and works together to develop actionable solutions to regional issues.

The program brings together rising 10th and 11th grade students who reside or attend school in the 10-county Atlanta region (Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, and Rockdale counties and the city of Atlanta) and are interested in promoting change in the Atlanta region.


The MARC Program

As a cohort, MARC participants are a part of engaging and thoughtful conversations with community leaders and ARC experts, as well as participants in experiential learning through field trips and visits to various community partners throughout the region.

While organized into diverse, small groups, MARC participants practice effective leadership, communication, and collaboration skills through the development of actionable ideas to promote positive change in our region. Participants learn about issues shaping metro Atlanta, such as transportation and transit, community planning, sustainability of our natural resources, human services, and public art.

Recent MARC experiences include:

  • Exclusive behind the scenes access to award winning facilities
  • Use of industry-grade planning software
  • Transformative discussions with top regional leaders and experts
  • Travel to multiple counties in the Atlanta region

 Model Atlanta Regional Commission

MARC Commitment and Requirements

MARC 2019-2020 Dates

Accepted participants must commit to attending each of the sessions below, as well as spending 1-4 hours between each session on research and collaboration. MARC participants who attend all sessions are eligible to receive 40 hours of community service at the end of the program.

  • Saturday, August 17 – Kick-Off*
  • Saturday, September 14 – Retreat*
  • Saturday, October 19
  • Saturday, November 16
  • Saturday, December 21
  • Saturday, January 25 – Open House*
  • Wednesday, February 27 (optional)

*Indicates program dates that attendance policy does not apply

MARC Application

The 2019-2020 application is now open. The deadline to apply is April 8 and notifications of acceptance are sent to applicants in late May. Please email Brittney Palmer at with any questions.


Applications may be completed online or printed and sent to:

Atlanta Regional Commission
Attn: Brittney Palmer
229 Peachtree St NE, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30303

Application criteria:

      • Applications must be complete for consideration
      • Students must be rising high school sophomores or juniors
      • Students must demonstrate an ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment
      • Students must demonstrate an interest in civic and community issues
      • Students are selected based on their level of service and leadership, recommendations, and responses to essay questions

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