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Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Awards $5,000 Grant to Young Harris College

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 utilize strategies aimed towards raising awareness regarding underage drinking, low-risk alcohol use, abuse prevention and impaired driving as related to highway safety.

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 Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is committed to keeping everyone safe on our roads and highways, from the smallest precious cargo to the most seasoned drivers,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood.

YHC’s C.L.A.W. (Campus Leaders Advocating Wellness) is a student, peer-educator group dedicated to sharing information about various health-related topics in order to help students make better informed decisions. They continue to work with the GOHS to help decrease the number of accidents involving alcohol.

“For a number of years now, C.L.A.W. has partnered with GOHS to educate students about the dangers of drinking and driving,” said C.L.A.W. Advisor and Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards Erica Watson. “This year we hope to continue our work and continue educating students about healthy decision-making.”

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

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 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., has completed major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth. Recent LEED-certified campus improvements include the 121,000-square-foot Rollins Campus Center, new residence facilities, and a 57,000-square-foot recreation and fitness center. The College is an active member of NCAA Division II and remains a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2016-2017 list of Colleges of Distinction and is listed as a “Best National Liberal Arts College” by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit