Troup County, Georgia
- Community name: Troup County
- Community or city website
- Population: 67,044
- Graduation rate: 80%
- Youth poverty rate: 29%
Troup County’s United Way prioritizes youth by allocating at least 50 percent of all funds to services for children and youth. Troup County, the Junior Service League and the United Way have partnered to hold the first Teen Maze in the fall 2011. The event will allow students to walk through a life-size maze, make choices when faced with issues and explore the consequences of their decisions. By focusing on high school dropout prevention and absenteeism reduction, children are rewarded for good behavior and academic success, which has helped Troup County graduate 80 percent of their young people from high school. This marks the second win for Troup County, Georgia in the competition.
- Teen Maze will be held in the fall of 2011, where teens will navigate through a life-size maze, make real-life choices and discover the consequences of their behaviors.
- CASA of Troup and Heard Counties, Inc. is a program that provides abused or neglected children an advocate to look out for their best interests.
- The Children's Advocacy Center works to prevent child neglect and abuse and serves to supervise court-ordered parental visitation.
- The Troup Family Connection Authority is a collaborative body that has leveraged millions of dollars in the community to address youth issues, including high school dropout prevention and absenteeism reduction.
- Troup Building Early Learners for Life (BELL) serves 200 children and their families by using the Parents as Teachers evidence-based curriculum to provide early learning interventions for at-risk children and families.
- LaGrange Rotary Club Youth Challenge selects five first-grade students each year and provides them with the incentive do academically succeed, awarding them $1,000 upon graduation of high school if they achieve a C-average or higher.
Each one of us must have the knowledge to take control: be resilient. We must also put our hearts and minds into it. Communities in Schools built a support system within schools so students can focus on achievement.
I lived among those who de-value education and prefer crime over hard work. 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. Whether it was providing food, transportation, or a listening ear, caring, loving individuals saw great potential in me long before I could see it in myself surrounded me.