Augusta CAREs Initiative

Funded by the Office of Population Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Augusta CAREs (Campaign for Adolescent Responsibility and Equity) initiative seeks to align community systems in an effort to promote optimal mental & physical health for adolescents (teens & youth) ages 13 – 19, with particular emphasis on vulnerable youth at greatest risk. Through this initiative, adolescents are educated on healthy relationships using an evidence based curriculum called Loves Notes SRA. There are 13 sessions which can be implemented several different ways to include 1. One session per week over a course of 13 weeks, 2.Two sessions per a week over a course of six weeks, and 3. Approximately four sessions each day over a course of three days. All participants will receive a gift card incentive once they complete the classes.

Additionally, Augusta CAREs focuses on bringing together community stakeholders, community systems leaders and youth in an effort to identify the barriers to optimal health, using a systems thinking approach. APC staff and its partners will work collaboratively to align our efforts to create a comprehensive strategy that creates clear pathways to healthy adolescent development.

For more information about Augusta CAREs, please call (706)993-5995 or email or register to participate at


Family Self Sufficiency Initiative

APC’s Family Self Sufficiency Initiative was developed as a tool to support the communities effort to address poverty in the Augusta-Richmond County Community. Using the Bridges out of Poverty Framework, APC encourages participants and community members to look at poverty through the lens of economic class and the lived experience of a person living in poverty. APC staff is trained to conduct Poverty Simulations to raise awareness of the challenges impoverished community members face daily. To build the capacity of individuals living in poverty, APC offers training using the 16-session Getting Ahead Curriculum. Getting Ahead helps individuals in poverty build their resources for a more prosperous life for themselves, their families, and their communities.

For more information, please contact Candice Hillman at (706)833-1454 or 

Georgia Home Visiting Program

The Georgia Home Visiting Program is designed to provide assistance to new parents who need consistent, ongoing support during the first years of their child’s life through its First Steps program and evidence-based home visiting programs such as our Parents as Teachers program. Together, these programs provide an effective early-intervention strategy to improve the health and well-being of children and parents. These programs provide pregnant women and families with children from birth until kindergarten entry the resources and skills they need to support their efforts to raise children who are physically, socially and emotionally healthy, and ready to learn.

For more information, please contact Vikki Pruitt at (706)831-3723 or

GenRx Initiative

The GenRx Initiative is a response to the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse among youth and young adults ages 12-25 in Burke, Columbia, Glascock, Hancock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Screven, Taliaferro, Warren, Washington and Wilkes Counties. The objective of the Gen Rx Initiative is put evidence based strategies into practice in order to reduce prescription drug misuse abuse impacting teens.

For more information, please contact Candice Hillman at (706)833-1454 or

WIOA Opening Doors Program

The WIOA Opening Doors Program serves out-of-school youth ages 16 to 24 years old who are not attending school and have one or more barriers to employment, to include homelessness; parenting; having disabilities; or a juvenile or criminal record.

The program focus on strategies for reaching and engaging a greater number of out-of-school youth, especially those who are most vulnerable; reviews evidence on career pathway programs; and discusses strategies for engaging private sector employers in job-related initiatives for youth. Additionally, the program offers training, work experience, and tools to assist youth and young adults to become successful in the world.

  • Specific program services include
  • Paid and unpaid work experiences
  • Occupational skills training
  • Financial literacy education
  • Supportive services (Getting Ahead)

For more information, please contact Steven O’Neil at (706)421-4188 or