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4-H Youth Development

 


4-H is an educational program teaching leadership, citizenship, public speaking and practical life skills.
The goal is to make learning fun!

What it Was...

When Georgia 4-H Clubs first started in 1904, just about everyone lived on farms. The first clubs were known as Corn Clubs for boys and Tomato Clubs for girls. Boys would work to grow an acre of the biggest ears of corn. The girls would grow, harvest and can tomatoes from their family’s vegetable garden. They would then take their best products to the fair and compete to win ribbons.  Growing corn and canning tomatoes was not a game to these young people, their learning benefitted the entire family.

These pioneer 4-H’ers learned from adults who worked with the corn and tomato clubs. The clubs became known as 4-H Clubs. The adults were County Extension Agents.

What it Is...

4-H is an educational program teaching leadership, citizenship, public speaking and practical life skills. The goal is to make learning fun! It is the youth phase of The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. More than 1,700 young people participate in Forsyth County 4-H activities.

The 4-H Program is introduced and utilized as part of the curriculum in the Forsyth County School System. There are also 4-H activities outside of school. 4-H is open to all children in grades 4th-12th. 4-H may have begun as Corn and Tomato Clubs, however, today 4-H has evolved to teach community involvement, science, ecology, technology, recycling, photography, performing arts, nutrition, violence prevention, teamwork and many other topics relative to Forsyth County youth.

There is no charge to be a 4-H member. Some optional activities may have a small fee.

2017-2018 4-H Activity List

 

Opportunities for Forsyth County 4-H’ers

  • Team and Individual Competitions
  • Diverse team and individual learning experiences
  • Team building
  • Public speaking skills
  • Decision making development
  • New subject matter comprehension

Competitions and Specialty Clubs

Kroger Community Rewards

 


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What Every 4-H’er Should Know

 

The 4-H Pledge:
I pledge
My Head to Clearer Thinking
My Heart to Greater Loyalty
My Hands to Larger Service, and
My Health to Better Living
For My Club, My Community, My Country and My World.

The 4-H Motto: To Make the Best Better
The 4-H Colors: Green and White
The 4-H Slogan: Learn By Doing

The 4-H Four Essential Elements:
Mastery
Belonging
Independence 
Generosity

 

4-H is learning by doing . . . and one of the best ways to learn is by doing a demonstration.  A demonstration shows how, while telling how.  4-H’ers actually make or do something (step by step) and have a finished product to show and tell about by talking and using visuals such as charts, drawings, or models.

By doing a demonstration, a child will learn to gather information about a subject, organize ideas, present information visually and feel more at ease in front of a group. County Project Achievement and District Project Achievement provide 4-H’ers the opportunity to do demonstrations on what they have learned.  Judges evaluate and score the presentations.  The top three scores earners in each category win ribbons in addition to recognition for all participants.

We are thankful for those that support Forsyth County 4-H!

4-H Membership and Enrollment Information. 

Visit the Georgia 4-H website.


Below are some of 4-H's most broadly useful resources from the Georgia 4-H website. Please contact us for more information about participating in any of these programs through this county office.

4-H Resources:
 
Summer Camp County offices promote and coordinate 4-H summer camp experiences unlike any other in the county. Counties travel to unique 4-H centers across the state offering fun, friendship and adventure for over 8,000 4-H'ers each summer. Visit the Georgia 4-H Website
 
Environmental Education The Georgia 4-H Environmental Education Program is one of the nation’s largest and oldest providers of local environmental education, serving over 45,000 people annually. The research-based curriculum provides hands-on learning experiences aligned with Georgia Performance Standards.
 
Livestock Program The Georgia 4-H Livestock Program gives students the opportunity to practice and acquire new knowledge in the fields of animal science, business, time management and leadership.
 
Project Achievement This core program showcases the work and success of 4-H'ers through presentations and portfolios on numerous topics. Members compete against their peers at the local, district and state levels in an effort to master their project.
Become a Volunteer The Georgia 4-H Foundation relies heavily on the efforts of volunteers to help coordinate and organize yearly alumni & friends events. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer, read more about becoming a volunteer at the Georgia 4-H website.
 
Project S.A.F.E. Project S.A.F.E. (Shooting Awareness, Fun and Education) is a curriculum based and designed to assist young people in personal development, establish a personal environmental ethic and explore life-long vocational and avocational activities.
Military Programs UGA Extension Military Outreach builds partnerships and provides programs that help Georgia military families find positive ways to cope with the stress of military life.
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