PRAAAY-Protecting Relationships Among Authority, Adults and Youth
This is a community outreach initiative helping educate our high school students how to interact with law enforcement agencies. The 4-day PRAAAY event kicked off at Northside High School on December 5, 2016, and Carver High School the week of December 12, 2016. All but 2 of the remaining 8 Muscogee County High Schools participated in 2017.
Our partners are Barber's Driving School President Al Barber, the MCSD Superintendent Dr. David Lewis, Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) Drirect Harris Blackwood, Muscogee County Sheriff Teresa Tompkins, Muscogee County Marshall Greg Countryman, Police Chief Rickey Boren, Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Agent in Charge Fred Wimberly, and the Georgia State Patrol (GSP). Each law enforcement agency hosed a special event to interact with teen students For example, the city police department, sheriff, marshal, GSP performed approximately 150 mock pull over’s in front of each of the high schools, to teach them what to do if pulled over by law enforcement officers. The GBI brought their rolling crime scene truck and engaged students in the computer and science fields with forensics and cyber security. Each agency of the agencies facilitated unique events at the school.
Muscogee County Sheriff's Department
Columbus Police Department
Georgia State Patrol
Muscogee County School District
Muscogee County Marshal's Office
Georgia Bureau of Investigation
STARS - Senior Transportation and Relationship Services
This is a community outreach initiative to provide transportation for our senior citizens to and from healthcare appointments, grocery stores, pharmacies, shopping centers, religious events, social events and more. Our volunteers are hands-on and stay with the senior during the appointment. This creates the opportunity for companionship and availability for assistance if any is needed.
All volunteers must carry their own personal automobile liability insurance, and have completed a thorough background investigation as well as an approved caregiver and driver education course.
UMI uses Barber’s Driving School’s vehicles and instructors to help fill in the gaps of our volunteers in special circumstances. This program is well needed and will be of great benefit to our community and our seniors. While volunteers are the life-blood of this organization, we are fortunate to have the option of providing the services of a Barber’s Driving School licensed professional driving school instructor for those appointments volunteers cannot fill.