The Georgia Civic Awareness Program for Students (GCAPS) was developed by the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) to address the need for increased civic involvement and awareness among the state’s youth and engage them to become the next generation of civic leaders. The program is dedicated to educating young citizens about the importance of being actively conscious of their local government environment and the opportunities available in the public sector. GCAPS provides civic education by exposing youth to the role that local government plays and by introducing them to the leaders who make local governments work.

GCAPS is designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn first-hand the roles and services that Macon-Bibb County government provides. Throughout the course of the program year, GCAPS participants will take part in team building exercises, attend a board of commissioners meeting, tour county facilities, visit the State Capitol and interact with local and state elected officials. Students will be asked to choose a class project to benefit Macon-Bibb County.

GCAPS is fully supported by the Macon-Bibb County Board of Commissioners.


  • Student Participants (Who is Eligible?):

    1. Must be a 10th, 11th or 12th grade student as of August 2019.
    2. All students who either live in Macon-Bibb County or attend school in Macon-Bibb County will be eligible to participate.
  • Time Commitment:

    1. Program consists of 10 sessions from September 2019 through April 2020.
    2. Monthly meetings, which will be held after school.
    3. Please review the meeting schedule to ensure you will be able to make all meetings.
    4. Must provide your own transportation to the sessions

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Application Deadline: Friday, September 6, 2019 by NOON!

Macon-Bibb County 2019-2020 GCAPS Schedule

Time 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Topics are subject to change

Meetings held at the Government Center unless otherwise noted

9/7/2019 GCAPS Application Deadline
9/25/2019 Orientation, Program Overview, Intro to Government, Recreation – South Bibb (Time: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., Dinner after presentation)
10/23/2019 Urban and Industrial Development)
11/20/2019 Fire/EMA
12/18/2019 Sheriff – Jail and Forensics
1/22/2020 Courts
2/17/2019 Job Shadowing Day
3/25/2019 Tourism
4/22/2019 Water Authority
5/13/2019 GCAPS Graduation & Reception

* Visit to State Capitol – TBD *

Janice Ross
Program Coordinator
Macon-Bibb County Clerk of Commission
Government Center
700 Poplar Street
Macon, Georgia 31201

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