Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA has been a member of the Cities of Service coalition since 2009. Mayor Jackson has worked to increase the visibility, breadth, effectiveness, and efficiency of service efforts in Savannah. Currently, the city is focused on leveraging resident volunteers to move the needle on education and youth, and is implementing youth leadership development workshops that empower young residents and foster civic engagement among them.

To learn more about the great work taking place in Savannah, check out the City's website or follow at @cityofsavannah.

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Education and Youth

Savannah Youth Ambassadors

The Savannah Youth Ambassador (SYA) program is a component of the Department of Community Planning and Development's Neighborhood Leadership Institute. The program consists of a series of uniquely designed youth leadership development workshops that empower participants with knowledge of self, skills, and personal leadership development. The participants are then engaged as citizen-facilitators to find and create opportunities to put that leadership into meaningful action. Ambassadors learn asset-based strategies to solve community issues, and meet with community partner organizations from Healthy Savannah to the Mediation Center to understand both strengths and challenges in their community.

Youth ambassadors complete a Make a Difference (M.A.D.) project. M.A.D. projects involve designing, coordinating, and implementing service projects that will make a difference in their community; students receive help from subject matter experts including City partners from Parks and Recreation, the Film Office, Cultural Affairs, and outside partners like the Savannah Urban Garden Alliance and UGA Extension.

To learn more, check out the program's website.

"Volunteering to help your community is the epitome of good citizenship. We all live in an interdependent condition where the quality of life depends on individuals, families, neighbors, civic, social and faith-based institutions, businesses, and government working together for the common good."
Mayor Edna Jackson

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