PRAAAY-“Protecting Relationships Among Authority, Adults and Youth”
This is a community outreach initiative to help foster a stronger relationship between Local Authorities, Adults and Youth! This program gives youth and parents the opportunity to interact with local authorities in a positive and educational environment. The 4-day PRAAAY event kicked off at Northside and Carver High School in December 2016. The remaining Muscogee County High Schools are scheduled to participate in 2017.
During a PRAAAY event youth will be exposed to opportunities at local authorities, they will learn more about local authorities responsibilities within their community, and they will have the opportunity to ask questions directly to each participating law enforcement agency.
Our partners are Barber's Driving School President Al Barber, the MCSD Superintendent Dr. David Lewis, Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr, Muscogee County Marshall Greg Countryman, Police Chief Rickey Boren, Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Agent in Charge Fred Wimberly, and Lieutenant Garrett Fiveash of the Georgia State Patrol (GSP). Each law enforcement agency will host a special event to interact with teens and parents. For example, the county police department, sheriff, marshall, and GSP will perform approximately 150 mock pull over’s in front of the high school, to teach them what to do if pulled over by law enforcement officers. The GBI will bring their rolling crime and will engage students of the computer and science fields with forensics and cyber security. Each agency will facilitate unique events at the school. The sheriff's department will demonstrate and test the physical abilities needed to be in law enforcement.
2016 PRAAAY Events
|Northside High School||December 2016||Carver High School||December 2016|
2017 PRAAAY Events
|Shaw High School||January 2017||Hardaway High School||February 2017||Columbus High School||February-March 2017||Jordan High School||March 2017||Kendrick High School||April 2017||Spencer High School||April 2017|
Muscogee County Sheriff's Department
Columbus Police Department
Georgia State Patrol
Muscogee County School District
Muscogee County Marshal's Office
Georgia Bureau of Investigation
STARS - Senior Transportation And Relationship Services
This is a community outreach initiative to provide transportation for our senior citizens to and from healthcare appointments, grocery stores, pharmacies, shopping centers, religious events, social events and more. Our volunteers are hands-on and stay with the senior during the appointment. This creates the opportunity for companionship and availability for assistance if any is needed.
All volunteers must carry their own personal automobile liability insurance, and have completed a thorough background investigation as well as an approved caregiver and driver education course. Barber’s Driving School’s uses it's vehicles and instructors to help fill in the gaps of our volunteers in special circumstances. This program is well needed and will be of great benefit to our community and our seniors.
While volunteers are the life-blood of this organization, we are fortunate to have the option of providing the services of a Barber’s Driving School licensed professional driving school instructor for those appointments volunteers cannot fill.