Cumming/Forsyth County, Georgia


  • Community name:  Cumming/Forsyth County
  • Website:  http://www.forsythco.com/
  • Population: 175,511
  • Graduation rate:  80.4%
  • Youth poverty rate:  8.9%­

Overview

Cumming/Forsyth County, a second-time 100 Best winner, provides support to youth through employment, mentoring, leadership and bullying prevention programs. The community’s school district collaborated with the U.S. Department of Labor and Lanier Technical College to develop Project LIFE, a program that secures internships for special needs youth at local businesses. The school district also has a School Based Mentor Program, which recruits individuals to mentor elementary, middle and alternative school students. Currently, nearly 550 adults participate in the program, which operates in 30 schools.

Through Youth Leadership Forsyth, training sessions on developing leadership skills and community awareness are available to high school upperclassmen. Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, a school violence prevention resource; and a Systemwide Management Emergency Response Team, created by the school district; were initiated to better equip schools to address student safety. The entire community is committed to playing a part in helping youth reach their full potential—this spirit is exemplified in local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts programs, which have seen an 11 percent and 16 percent growth in adult participation since 2010.

Community Programs

  • Youth Leadership Forsyth is an organization that provides monthly, full-day training sessions on leadership development and community service for upperclassmen.
  • Project LIFE is a collaboration among the school district, U.S. Department of Labor and Lanier Technical College that provides internships to special needs youth at local businesses.
  • School Based Mentor Program pairs adult volunteers with elementary, middle and alternative school students to reduce potential incidence of drug use and violence while encouraging a healthy and productive life.
  • Northeast Georgia Council of Boy Scouts of America has over 834 adult leaders serving the Forsyth County area, a growth of more than 11 percent from 2010.
  • Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta has over 955 adult leaders serving the Forsyth County area, an increase of more than 16 percent from 2010.
  • Olweus Bullying Prevention Program has been implemented in Forsyth County schools to alleviate student conflict.
  • Systemwide Management Emergency Response Team (SMERT) consists of a group of educational leaders and teachers from all county schools who receive extensive training to respond to any instances that threaten students’ safety.

Youth Voices

“Adults support us by helping us map our future to achieve our goals. I am on the road to the best future that I could imagine and it is all because of my community.”

—Alexandria