Georgia Shift gives marginalized young people a seat at the table of democracy through electoral action, hands-on advocacy and education, and civic media programs. We envision a Georgia where marginalized young people of color are the fundamental driver of political impact and public policy, at every level of government in an unbridled democracy. We offer a few paid fellowship and internship opportunities throughout the year. Meet Summa Jones, our Community Outreach fellow, who has boldly analyzed gaps in our education system, led an increase in community partnerships, and who has helped us in organizing internal projects

Summa Jones is a native of Barnwell, South Carolina, but has recently relocated to Augusta, GA. Currently, she’s a junior at USC Aiken, majoring in Fine Arts with a minor in Communications. Growing up in a small town exposed to Summa various degrees of bias, particularly in the school system. She realized trends in disparities and injustice done to many students/families who have lower income, families who have less formal education, and for those whom are systemically misinformed/have less ease of access to information. This has motivated her to find methods to raise awareness on what’s going on in their community. 

  • Why is civic engagement important to you?

“Civic engagement is important to me, because I’ve seen how lack of knowledge affects multiple generations of people of color. I hate to see people go without the education and resources they need to improve their lives and the lives of their families.”

  •  What’s one thing you want people to know about you?

“I want people to know I am passionate about changing the way the school system treats our children. This includes how and what they are taught, how they are disciplined, and what after-school activities are offered.”

  •  What are some issues in your community that concern you? What are some you wish could be addressed?

“The system that’s used for Pre-K registration is a lottery pick instead of a sign up concerns me. You do not really know the odds of your child getting selected. Pre-K should be available for all children, because it’s necessary to ensure all children are prepared equally for Kindergarten.” 

Georgia Shift wants to thank Summa Jones! We look forward to working with her!