Over the last five years, the Fanning Institute has worked with nearly 700 organizations, providing leadership training to over 43,700 people across all of Georgia’s 159 counties and 10 states. Through the institute’s programs and services, people of all ages have built their leadership skills and learned to apply them in order to make a difference in their communities.


Lynda B. Williamson Foundation Women’s Leadership Academy: Founded in 2015 in partnership with the Lynda Brannen Williamson Foundation in Statesboro, the Lynda Brannen Williamson (LBW) Women’s Leadership Academy is a program that focuses on personal leadership development to improve career, mentoring and service opportunities for women.


Athens Peer Court: Founded in 2012 through a collaboration with the Athens-Clarke County Juvenile Court, the Department of Juvenile Justice, law students at the University of Georgia’s Law School, and the Fanning Institute, Peer Court is a diversion program that offers first-time youth offenders a chance to have their dispositions decided by peers serving as the judge, jurors and lawyers. Middle and high school students who volunteer to serve in these roles in Peer Court receive leadership training and a chance to learn about the legal profession and public speaking.


Middle Georgia Regional Leadership Champions: Founded in 2015 in partnership with the Middle Georgia Regional Commission, the Middle Georgia Regional Leadership Champions  program sets out to build a network of people throughout the region who appreciate the value that each community adds to the region and who develop the leadership skills to understand how they can play a role in building a stronger region by working together across geographic boundaries.


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