ACCG, Georgia's county association, believes that government is most effective when citizens understand its role and function and are involved in the community. For these reasons, the Association established the Civic Affairs Foundation in 2006 in order to foster civic engagement and increase public awareness of the role and value of county government programs and services.
The need in America for this work is acute as citizens grow increasingly distant from their own government and lose recognition of the critical roles they play in contributing to a healthy and civil society.
According to the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress in Civics, more than a third of all U.S. high school seniors today lack even basic civics knowledge and skills. Those that score below the basic level cannot, for example, describe the structure and functions of American government or identify an activity that is a part of civic life.
Stated succinctly by retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, "Less than half of Americans today can name all three branches of government, yet three in four can name all of the Three Stooges."
Visitors to this site are invited to join the Foundation in helping advance the cause of civic engagement in Georgia.