Georgia 4-H is preparing the next generation of leaders through Livestock programs. The diverse livestock programs offer 4-H youth the opportunity to acquire the life skills of responsibility, management, decision making, and goal setting. One of the four 4-H Essential Elements is Independence. 4-H youth in livestock programs learn from an early age by exercising independence in these project areas and are afforded the opportunity to mature in self-discipline and responsibility, learning to better understand themselves and becoming independent thinkers. The Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS report) acknowledges a continued need to develop a generation of youth with the workforce competencies of decision making, critical thinking and planning and organizing. Through livestock programs, Georgia 4-H is contributing to a prepared future workforce.