Friday Faves

Leadership Gwinnett announces 34th class

“Since 1985, Leadership Gwinnett has graduated nearly 1,200 alumni who make up a ‘powerhouse of influence and networking’ and who ‘continue to champion the betterment of Gwinnett County’.” Way to go, Leadership Gwinnett (also one of our nonprofit fundholders!).

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Congrats to the Gwinnett Coalition on their new look!

Gwinnett Coalition unveils updated branding with new logos, website

 


Bet you haven’t seen prom dresses like these! But, if you’ve been to our annual “Finding Scholarship Dollars for College” event, you’ve heard Hal Wilkerson talk about the Duck Tape Scholarships. Students get a chance at a $20,000 scholarship if they use duck tape to make their prom dress or tux. This year, Emily from Georgia is a finalist so go vote for her!


It’s hot, y’all! Here are some tips from our friends at the Red Cross:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of non-caffeinated fluids.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning.
  • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day (3p.m. to 4:30p.m.).

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One of our key focus areas at the Community Foundation is education. We work with many of our fundholders to address education issues and needs, from birth to post-secondary.  We’ve noticed an alarming trend in college education, though, what the Gates Foundation is calling the post-secondary education “purge”. Across the United States, more and more students are entering college or technical school but then dropping out. In Georgia, we have more than 15,000 students per year dropping out.

To help start addressing this issue, we, in partnership with the Georgia Center for Opportunity, want to invite you to a community conversation on Friday, July 27th at Gwinnett Technical College. This will be a morning of discussion about two of the biggest economic threats facing the state of Georgia today – improving college access and affordability and meeting the needs of our workforce.

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Don’t forget to register for our upcoming events!
July 19: Show and Tell: the Power of Visual Storytelling
August 18: Good2Give Celebration
September 25: Culture: a Leadership Seminar
October 16: Finding Scholarship Dollars for College
 

That’s it for this week! See you next week with more news from our community.

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