GRLI students attempt to empower community one citizen at a time

The Clayton County Grassroots Leadership Institute (GRLI) Class of 2010 seeks to provide information on resources available right here in Clayton county.

The first annual Grassroots Hands on Clayton (GHOC) Empowerment Event takes place this Saturday, December 4 at Mundy’s Mill High School (9652 Fayetteville Road, Jonesboro 30238), from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and everything about this Event will be FREE to the public, including door prizes and giveaways!

Over 45 local businesses, professionals, and governmental agencies will provide information on various health and wellness concerns, credit counseling, employment leads, and job training, among other things. A sampling of those who will be in attendance are: Southern Regional Medical Center, Dr. Henry Anderson, Cornerstone Association, Inc., Georgia Department of Labor, Born II Win, Clayton County Parent-Teacher Association, Avon, local book club Twenty Women Dialogue, the Suicide Prevention Action Network, USA Boxing & Martial Arts Training, LA Fitness, Job Corps, and Grandparents Raising Children.  There will also be two resource tables containing information from companies who could not attend.

Door prizes will be given away every 30 minutes donated by such local businesses as Luella’s Sports Bar & Grill, Tangerine Made, the Church Fan Organization, and GRLI. In addition, GHOC has partnered with AMERIGROUP Community Care, Wellcare, and the Clayton County Sheriff’s Department to give away 100 bicycles, along with winter hats and scarves for children, and free turkeys. Winners MUST be in attendance in order receive prizes.

Finally, Sweet Pea the Clown will make a special guest appearance to provide plenty of activities for kids such as moonwalks, arts and crafts, contests, games, face painting, songs, funnel cake, nachos, popcorn, and then some.

But most importantly, this Event was created to feature some of the local businesses and opportunities Clayton has to offer that we may not know about, and encourage residents to conduct business here instead of elsewhere.

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Misery loves company

November 29th, 2010
12:23 pm

I thought there were 45 vendors, where’s the rest?


November 29th, 2010
12:29 pm

Please visit the web site and click on Event Participants at

Jerry Graham

November 29th, 2010
12:30 pm

As a Clayton County citizen, I am so proud and excited about this community event. Attending this empowerment event should be on every Clayton and surrounding county citizen calendar.

Mary E. Davis

November 29th, 2010
2:20 pm

I am indeed looking forward to attending this great event. And, I pray all who attend will walk away empowered, encouraged, and educated!

Deborah Lazarus

November 29th, 2010
5:12 pm

As an active community member I am so pleased to see something like this taking place. This is a positive thing being done in our community by members of our community.


November 29th, 2010
7:27 pm

Two representatives from the Georgia Department of Labor will provide assistance with resumes. If you are interested in getting help with your resume, please bring a copy with you on Saturday.

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Thank You GRLI!!!

November 29th, 2010
9:58 pm

Clayton county has citizens who indeed want to patronize and support our own businesses and organizations. We just do not know all of the great businesses and groups who are working independently to assure quality of life for all citizens. I am truly looking forward to Saturday!

The Congratulator

November 30th, 2010
12:00 am

This is a great program that The Clayton County Grassroots Leadership Institute Class Of 2010 is doing in providing information, resources, knowledge, and job opportunities for the citizens of Clayton County in their first annual Grassroots Hands On Clayton Empowerment Event that will be held at Mundy’s Mill High School on this upcoming Saturday December 4, 2010 from 10:00 A.M. To 2:00 P.M.

It is great that this organization has secured many local businesses, professionals, governmental agencies and many more businesses and professionals to participate in this fantastic program.

Hopefully, many of the citizens of Clayton County who desperately need to attend these programs and get the benefits that they have to offer will come out in very high numbers, give their full and total support and take advantage of all of the resources and wealth of information that will be offered.

Again, congratulations on your well planned, well organized event which I know will be a great success.

Denise White

November 30th, 2010
9:13 am

Never heard of some of these businesses before and that’s a good thing. In this economy people need to reinvent themselves to be successful. Wishing you guys well, I’ll try to make it. Denise.


November 30th, 2010
11:03 am

Also please patronize the good restaurants to help stop them from leaving the county. They are falling like dominoes.

Alicia Schneider

November 30th, 2010
12:06 pm

I believe this is a great event for the county and should continue each year…or, maybe twice a year! Clayton County residents should be proud that a group such as GRLI is taking the time to present these resources to the community. I hope it is a smashing success!!

Prospective Clayton Resident

November 30th, 2010
10:13 pm

This sounds really interesting!! I am adding it to my errands for Saturday.
Good Luck


November 30th, 2010
10:15 pm

What a great event for Clayton County. Thanks to GRLI for taking the initiative. Have a blessed day.

Clayton Mom

November 30th, 2010
10:25 pm

It is wonderful to see that the community could get together for an event such as this. I am must say great job to the GRLI Organization. Keep up the great work!


November 30th, 2010
10:54 pm

This is a great program that The Clayton County Grassroots Leadership Institute Class Of 2010 is doing in providing information, resources, knowledge, and job opportunities for the citizens of Clayton County. We need to get our county commission and delegation to promote more of these type events all over the county. This one is in the south of the county; we need to have some in the east, west and north. Outstanding!

Terry Cole

December 1st, 2010
8:44 am

I am excited about the event Saturday at Mundy’s Mill High School. As a resident of Clayton County since 1989, we need ways to empower the citizens of this great county. I will be at the event.

ann price

December 1st, 2010
11:06 am

I am looking forward to attending this event. What a great idea- bringing the community together for mutually supportive activities. WAY TO GO GRLI!


December 2nd, 2010
6:17 pm

They could get Arnold Schwartenegger to participate – he could be a GRLI man


December 2nd, 2010
9:24 pm

Fantastic GRLI,
You are raising the bar for us all! Civic engagement in Clayton County on the rise. Folks have not seen anything yet. The citizens of Clayton County will define who we are, not the media, haters or outsiders without a clue! I am so excited and look forward to participating!