Making A Difference in Our County
We're working hard for the citizens we serve. Here are some examples of successful projects from the past year:
4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Since 2013, Barrow County 4-H has presented fifth-grade career lessons to approximately 2,700 participants. At the request of the guidance counselors, Barrow County 4-H staff continued to present these lessons each year.In 2015-2016, the 4-H staff delivered the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) program to every fifth-grader in the Barrow County School System and Bethlehem Christian Academy in four of the monthly club meetings, reaching 893 students. One class from each elementary school (281 students) was randomly selected to complete a survey with questions relating to each lesson. Students completed the survey in April 2016 after the government and public administration lesson. From the results of the surveys, the students demonstrated what they had learned. After the finance lesson, 94 percent of students correctly identified at least one of the four best things they should do with their money: share it, invest it, save it or spend it wisely. Eighty-five percent of students correctly identified at least three of the six ways to spend less money while on a tight budget. After the information technology lesson, 71 percent of students correctly identified at least two of the three vocabulary words associated with information technology. After the marketing lesson, 88 percent of students correctly identified at least two of the four terms related to marketing. After the government and public administration lesson, 90 percent of students correctly matched at least three of the five government departments with the type of assistance provided. Barrow County 4-H is committed to “making the best better,” and will continue to deliver 4-H and CCRPI lessons in the 2016-2017 school year at the request of school counselors. In addition, for the 2016-2017 school year, Barrow County 4-H staff will be presenting career exploration lessons to eighth-graders as a resource for the eighth-grade career development classes at all four Barrow County School System middle schools. The school's career, technical and agriculture education director requested that Barrow County 4-H staff present these additional Georgia 4-H CCRPI lessons.
4-H PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Twenty-eight seventh- and eighth-grade students have completed the Barrow Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Leadership Program. The 4-H Program Development Team worked with the Barrow County Chamber of Commerce and the UGA J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development to make this program a success. When surveyed, 98 percent of participants reported feeling that the series of lessons was a valuable use of their time. Ninety-eight percent believe that what they learned in the lessons will make them better leaders. Ninety-three percent planned to put into action what they learned in the next three months. One student stated, “I learned all the effort it takes to be a good leader along with how valuable leadership is.”
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Alicia Holloway was hired and began work as the Barrow County Agriculture and Natural Resources agent on Dec. 1, 2016. Holloway received her bachelor’s degree in agriculture education and her master’s degree in horticulture from UGA. She worked as an agriculture education teacher at Clarke Middle School for two years. She completed an internship with Oconee County Extension, where she worked with 4-H and agriculture. She has a strong background in school and community gardens and worked on curriculum for the Georgia Master Gardener program.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is working hard for its constituents. The following are examples of our impact in the county over the past year.