Chatham County Youth Commission to Sponsor Annual Back to School Cruise


The Chatham County Youth Commission will sponsor their 6th Cruising Back To School aboard the Georgia Queen Riverboat! This event will be held on Sunday, August 30, 2009 from 6:30 pm – 9:00pm on River Street. (Boarding is at 6:45 PM).

This event is open to high school students only with school ID. This event is a “Black and White Affair”, and students are asked to wear their best black/white gear.

Tickets are $15.00 in advance and can be purchased from the River Street Riverboat Company, 9 East River Street, (912) 232- 6404. Come and share as we cruise into a safe and productive school year!

The Chatham County Youth Commission seeks to prepare youth for a lifetime of public and community service regardless of the youth’s present or future career aspirations.

It is believed that leaders are not necessarily born, but are definitely made. Each young person is seen as “walking possibilities,” and that we as present leaders have the obligation to cultivate future leaders.

The Youth Commission’s motto is Vocalizing Our Views for a Prosperous Future!

In 1992, after a variety of governmental, business and community initiatives on behalf of youth, Dr. Priscilla D. Thomas, County Commissioner, District 8, realized her vision to have a formal organization in place that would directly involve youth in the governmental process as well as develop leadership skills.

After securing the blessing of the Chatham County Commission, she enlisted the assistance of the County Manager, Russ Abolt, the Human Resources Director, the late Beverly M. Whitehead, and the then Employee Services Manager, Michael A. Kaigler.

They developed the prototype of the Youth Commission and this initiative became a reality in March 1992.

Alderman Van R. Johnson, II has served as Director since 1995. The benefits have been enormous, including increased self esteem, recognition from the community at large, increased personal community involvement and enhanced relationships between the County government and the schools that we serve.


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