UMCH youth take a field trip to the State Capitol

Last Friday, twelve of our students and staff received firsthand instruction in Civics and American government as they toured the Georgia State Capitol and viewed a session of the House of Representatives. They met privately with Senate Minority leader, Steve Henson, and Black Caucus leader Emanuel Jones, who encouraged the students from their personal histories, as well as explained their roles in the Georgia Legislature.

Emanuel Jones, Black Caucus Chair

Emanuel Jones, Chair of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, speaks to the group from UMCH


Our youth have been preparing for the trip by attending “You’ve Got Rights” classes each Thursday at the Education Center. The students have been learning Civics and American Government in the class and reading former District Attorney J. Tom Morgan’s book Ignorance is No Defense: What every Teenager Needs to Know About Georgia Law. A local attorney is also helping our students navigate the legal system in a positive, proactive manner.

UMCH staff at the State Capitol

UMCH staff Donita Green (ILP Social Worker) and Julie Rogers-Martin (Education Coordinator) led the trip to the State Capitol


One of our Foster Care youth who went on the field trip said she might be interested in public office after visiting and hearing Emanuel Jones’ inspirational message! We are proud of our youth who are taking proactive steps toward a better future for themselves!



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