Model Atlanta Regional Commission (MARC)

Now in its 20th year, the award-winning Model Atlanta Regional Commission youth leadership program brings together some 50 teens from all 10 counties in the region for six months of study, debate and hands-on activities regarding regional issues and challenges. It gives teens an opportunity to learn more about the community in which they live while honing their leadership skills.

The MARC application deadline has been extended to Monday, April 24, 2017. There is no cost to apply or participate in MARC.



If you have ideas about how to address metro Atlanta's challenges and if you want to make your community a better place to live, the Model Atlanta Regional Commission (MARC) wants you!

Download our MARC brochure (PDF)



MARC class at the Center for Civil Rights   

Selection Process

Information about the Model Atlanta Regional Commission goes to community leaders, principals, counselors, teachers, former students and others throughout the 10-county Atlanta region. A student must be a rising sophomore or junior to apply for the program.

A committee reviews the applications and selects the MARC members, considering a variety of factors, including extracurricular activities, level of interest, a written essay and referrals. MARC includes students who represent all 10 counties in the Atlanta region.

The Concept

In order to involve the youth of the region in planning the city's future, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) established a dynamic leadership program in 1998 called the Model Atlanta Regional Commission (MARC). It is designed to immerse and engage metro area high-school students in key issues affecting the Atlanta region.

MARC participants learn about past, present and future regional issues from both community leaders and ARC experts. The students learn about the challenges of transportation, air quality, human services, land use, water supply and quality. Using that knowledge, students explore regional issues in committees and develop possible solutions to challenges. At their final meeting, patterned after an ARC Board meeting, they present and vote on the resolutions they have drafted to create a stronger, healthier Atlanta region. The students then present their resolutions to the ARC Board for consideration.

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