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.
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
- District Project Achievement
- Cotton Bowl and Consumer Judging
- Forestry Judging
- Poultry Judging
- Wildlife Judging
- Horse Judging
- Horse Quiz Bowl
- Horse School
- Shooting Sports
What Every 4-H’er Should Know
The 4-H 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:
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!
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.