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December 13, 2013

YES director envisions aspiring Baldwin students



The local YES program, in its seventh year, has brought nearly $15 million in grant funds to the community.

“We employ close to 170 teachers and Georgia College students, as well as individuals from the community to provide academic and enrichment services,” Cook said. “The YES program’s mission is to promote on time, persist to graduation and be prepared for work or post-secondary education.”

YES is a collaborative project of Georgia College, Baldwin County Board of Education and Baldwin Parks and Recreation. Grant funding from the 21st Century Community Learning Center Program of the Georgia Department of Education provides programming after the school day ends to local youth at Baldwin High, Oak Hill Middle, Eagle Ridge, Midway and Blandy Hills.

“We’re not in Creekside yet,” Cook said, “but we’re in the process of preparing a grant for submission in January for the continuation of Eagle Ridge and expansion to Creekside.”

The YES program during the regular school year kicks off in September and continues each day after school from 3 to 5 p.m. through the beginning of May. The program’s mission is to raise achievement and educational aspirations for students in grades 3 through 12 each school day, ultimately aiming for students to work together in order to build a whole community that says “yes” to making promises come true.

“Students can register throughout the year by filling out an application. There is a wait list at every site, but we don’t want that to discourage students because we do lose some students who can’t adhere to attendance and policies. We welcome all students that want to learn,” Cook said. “I think the YES program is often times one of the best kept secrets in our community. I want to let the community and civic organizations know that we’re here and what we do.”

For more information about the YES program, contact Cook at 478-445-0145, or email

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