Connecting Our Community

The Collaborative sponsors and coordinates several programs designed to increase the power and impact of individual citizens and local organizations.  All of these are open to the public.

Grassroots Leadership Institute

Funded by Community Fundraisers, the mission of the Grassroots Leadership Institute is to identify, train, and nurture emerging leaders to serve the needs of the Clayton County community.

The Institute is scheduled each year for twelve weeks between August and December. Participation in the Institute is a minimum fee and interested citizens must apply since space is limited.

Community Leadership Forum 

The Forum is a monthly gathering for sharing information about services and agencies supporting the Clayton County community as a whole.   The Community Leadership Forum provides an avenue for official and informal community leaders to share their experiences, visions, and goals.

Presenters have included Juvenile Court Judge Steve Teske, Clayton County Sheriff and Chief of Police, CEO Yolanda Beauford from the Chamber of Commerce, Captain Jose Marquez of the Salvation Army in Jonesboro, Habitat for Humanity, Pro Bono Partnerships of Atlanta, and DE Power Group.

Youth Advisory Council

The Youth Advisory Council is a forum for young people to discuss important issues they face and to explore strategies for addressing them.  Open to middle and high school students from every school in Clayton County, members tackle complex problems—from school violence to personal relationships—provide new insights, and make recommendations to adults in positions of responsibility in the county.

Annual Teen Summit

In partnership with Clayton County Extension Office, Clayton County Park & Recreation, The University of Georgia Archway Project and Clayton County Public Schools we provide a one day summit for high school students to come together and express their ideas and concerns on specific topics that affect them.  Eight students from each high school are selected by their counselor to participate in the summit.