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Regional Students Graduate from Leadership Program


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Atlanta — Mar 03, 2022

45 high school students from across the region recently graduated from the Model Atlanta Regional Commission (MARC) youth leadership program.

“I congratulate these talented rising leaders on their completion of the MARC program and thank them for sharing their outlook on our region,” said Samyukth Shanbaga, Managing Director of ARC’s Community Development Group. “Their dedication to evolving our communities to meet the needs of their residents fills me with hope for our region’s future.”

MARC students explored real-world issues such as housing affordability, responsible water usage, and the impact of limited transportation options as part of the six-month program. They spoke with local changemakers about equity and resilience and offered their own reflections on ways we as a region can better serve our diverse population.

The 2021-2022 program was conducted in a hybrid environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the first half of the program taking place online and the second half in-person.

“MARC is an exciting program that gives our young community members the chance to engage with critical issues facing our region.” said Crystal Jackson, MARC Coordinator. “The interactive program gives students the practical and meaningful experience of planning for metro Atlanta’s future.”

The MARC program is now accepting applications for the 2022-23 class through Apr. 15.

About MARC 2022-2023

  • Students who will be in the 10th or 11th grade in Aug. 2022 and who reside or attend school the 11-county Atlanta region may apply.
  • The class meets once a month on Saturdays for six months, beginning in August 2022.
  • Sessions will be held in-person as COVID-19 safety guidelines allow.
  • There is no cost to participants.
  • Applications are due Apr. 15.

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The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the official planning agency for the 11-county Atlanta Region, including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties as well as the City of Atlanta and 74 other cities.  The Atlanta Regional Commission serves as a catalyst for regional progress by focusing leadership, attention and planning resources on key regional issues.

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