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Independent Living Peer Graduates

Ten students graduated last Wednesday evening from the first graduating class of the Independent Living (IL) Peer Group program. The 10 students, representing all three county school districts attended 10 two-hour sessions designed to assist them to transition into adulthood. The peer group sessions included instruction on budgeting, housing, transportation, securing employment, self-esteem and transitional planning. Seven of the 10 youths had perfect attendance and all received stipends for attendance. The IL sessions are jointly sponsored by Fulton County Center for Families, Fulton County Services for Children and Fulton County Juvenile Probation. Guest speakers for the evening were the Honorable Judge Carol L. Van Horn and Barbara Huggins. The graduates are pictured along with Judge Van Horn and instructors Debbie Hiller, Tiea Sharer and Emily Parson.



Barbara Huggins speaks to the IL graduates. She is on staff at the Child Welfare Resource Center as a youth quality improvement specialist. She is a foster-care alumnus, who shared her story about growing up in foster care and what changes she feels would benefit the system. Barbara Huggins speaks to the IL graduates. She is on staff at the Child Welfare Resource Center as a youth quality improvement specialist. She is a foster-care alumnus, who shared her story about growing up in foster care and what changes she feels would benefit the system.

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