We love Clarke County schools and the close, collaborative nature with the university community of which they are in so many ways an important part. One new UGA program in particular helps Clarke County students develop leadership skills, career interests, and confidence as it paves the way for academic excellence.
Since she was 2 years old, Tiffani Richardson has had her sights set on becoming a medical professional. Whether an obstetrician, a registered nurse or what her younger self called a “baby doctor” (pediatrician), UGA’s Georgia Possible program is giving her the tools and skills to turn her lifelong dream into a career.
Richardson, a rising senior at Clarke Central High School, has been involved with Georgia Possible since she was a freshman. As part of the pilot cohort, she and 40 other Clarke County School District students from both Clarke Central and Cedar Shoals high schools receive hands-on, personalized training and resources to help prepare them for life after high school.
For Richardson, the experience has been one of personal growth.
“I used to be really shy,” she said. “Georgia Possible is student led, so they give us time to get up in front of each other and talk. It’s brought me out of my shell, and it’s something I can put on my resume.”
Georgia Possible offers leadership development and career readiness programming to CCSD high school students through a collaborative campus effort, spearheaded by the Office of the President, Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, Office of Government Relations and the Office of Institutional Diversity.
Image: Clarke Central High School graduation coach Tonia Jones, left, with Georgia Possible participant Tiffani Richardson. (Photo by Dorothy Kozlowski/UGA)