Troup County, Georgia
- Community name: Troup County
- Website: http://www.troupcountyga.org/
- Population: 67,044
- Graduation rate: 79.0%
- Youth poverty rate: 29.0%
Troup County, a 100 Best winner for a second year, has a number of programs in place that encourage youth to stay in school and prepare for life after graduation. The local Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter pairs youth who are at risk of dropping out with a formally-trained mentor who works with the young person through graduation. In addition, the Troup County Communities In Schools initiative offers programs that improve academic performance and social skills to help youth stay in school and prepare for life after graduation. Outside of the classroom, young people can receive specialized training with activities that focus on healthy attitudes, behaviors and responsibilities through the Youth Ventures program. Troup County also provides support to parents with newborns with necessary post-childbirth resources at West Georgia Health’s First Steps Program.
- The Troup Family Connection collaborative is the localdecision-making body made up of 159 partnerships that develops, implements and evaluates plans that address the challenges facing Georgia’s children and families.
- West Georgia Health provides a First Steps program that offers parents support and the necessary resources to navigate through the period after childbirth.
- Troup County has a Communities in Schools program that helps children stay in school and prepare for life through programs and services that improve academic performance and social skills.
- Troup County’s Youth Ventures program provides specialized training for young people with activities that focus on healthy attitudes, behaviors and responsibilities.
- Troup County’s local Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter pairs youth who are at risk of dropping out with a formally-trained mentor who works with the young person until they graduate from high school.
“Growing up was not easy, and many days felt like I had reached my breaking point. Yet, each day that brought me to my knees was coupled with the help and support of someone in my community.”