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Young Harris College Receives $5,000 Grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College recently received a $5,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) to participate in the Georgia Young Adult Program (GYAP). This funding will allow YHC’s Division of Student Development to heighten student awareness regarding alcohol-related crashes and their consequences.
The mission of the GYAP is to promote education and awareness to young adults about highway safety issues in order to decrease crashes, injuries and fatalities in young adult drivers. The Young Adult Program for colleges and universities in the state of Georgia focuses on alcohol education, alcohol abuse prevention, impaired driving, underage drinking, safety belts, speeding, risk reductions and other destructive decisions.
“The major concern addressed in the grant is the high percentage of alcohol-related crashes, injuries and fatalities among college students in the United States, specifically in the state of Georgia,” said YHC Director of Health and Wellness Services Linda Kniess, R.N. “The grant funding will allow the College to expand educational programming that brings heightened awareness to the effects of drinking and driving.”
The grant focuses on five primary objectives: providing educational opportunities for students regarding the effects of alcohol and highway issues, assessing campus alcohol and highway safety issues, completing a minimum of two seatbelt checks, participating in GOHS Impaired Driving Campaigns and training at least five new peer health educators on alcohol and impaired driving issues.
The YHC student organization C.L.A.W. (Campus Leaders Advocating Wellness) will continue to play an integral role in planning and implementing the grant programming. This student-peer educator group is dedicated to sharing information about health-related topics in order to help students make educated decisions.
C.L.A.W. plans to provide students with alcohol education handouts throughout the academic year, host several events with other campus organizations and coordinate a “Safe Spring Break” campaign to discourage students from driving under the influence.
The GOHS educates the public on traffic safety and facilitates the implementation of programs that reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities on Georgia roadways. For more information, visit gahighwaysafety.org.
About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit yhc.edu.