What is Project Achievement?
4-H Project Achievement is a cornerstone in the Georgia 4-H program. Students select a topic of interest and prepare a demonstration including visuals. As students progress the competition also includes a portfolio of yearly activities. Fifth grade students present as a part of in school 4-H programs and also have the opportunity to attend district competition. Older youth attend a weekend competition at Rock Eagle.
Why do Project Achievement?
It’s a way to stand out and enhance your abilities for your future career opportunities and college applications. The competition is centered around a topic of interest to you, so you will spent time learning about something you love and sharing with others. Senior competitions who place first go on to State Congress, an all expense paid week in Atlanta with more competition, tours, shopping, trip to Six Flags, formal banquets, and more! In addition, Project Achievement is not only a competition, but a weekend of fun with current and new friends!
You can learn more about 4-H Project Achievement and access resources to assist your child with this program on the Georgia 4-H website.
Educational Value and Learning Outcomes of Project Achievement
4-H Project Achievement is a self-directed individual competition including presentations and, when age appropriate, a documented record of project work, leadership and service based on experiential learning activities. Youth beginning at age nine and continuing until nineteen have the opportunity to explore an area of interest and share their knowledge through a competitive process designed to meet youth development and age appropriate standards. 4-H Project Achievement participants develop research, writing, and presentation skills that help youth perform better in school related tasks and tests, become self-directed learners and contributing members of society and produces work ready young adults. Projects are offered in more than 50 different areas with nearly every topic of interest or educational area available for exploration and presentation. Through the 4-H Project Achievement process, youth explore an area of interest, gain knowledge and skills in the area and prepare presentations and evidence of learning. This process builds not only skills related to the Georgia Performance Standards but also those directly related to Work Ready Georgia.
Learning outcomes include:
- Acquire an understanding of a subject matter in a given project area
- Develop skills in researching, assembling, and presenting information
- Develop and enhance qualities of integrity, sportsmanship, cooperation and self-confidence
- Develop skills in leadership, service and communication
- (7th-12th) Develop skills in planning and conducting leadership and service activities
- (7th-12th grade) Prepare written information highlighting personal accomplishments in project work, leadership & service
Georgia Educational Standards for Project Achievement
Different grades compete at different levels of competition.
Cloverleaf: 5th-6th grades
Juniors: 7th and 8th grades
Seniors: 9th -12th grades
This is a link to Georgia 4-H's SchoolTube Channel. There are 6 examples of 5th grade 4-H presentations. The videos to watch are: Crafts Origami, Agriculture Awareness, Dairy and Milk Science, Workforce Prep and Career Development, Environmental Science, and Health