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:
HEALTHY LIFESTYLES AND ENVIRONMENTS
The UGA Extension in Gwinnett County has research-based information and a variety of pathways to deliver educational programming to serve our county residents. In spite of a growing population of more than 900,000, Gwinnett County has managed its resources and infrastructure, and maintained a high quality of life for county residents. To protect our quality of life, UGA Extension in Gwinnett County has provided comprehensive education programs designed to address issues of family, youth development and the environment. Extension’s dedicated staff received several state, regional and national professional awards for innovative, impactful educational programming.To protect the local environment, Gwinnett County UGA Extension presented more than 70 educational programs on the safe and proper use of fertilizers and pesticides for both homeowners and professional pesticide applicators. Agents presented countywide programs designed to better inform homeowners and landscape professionals of research-based methods for improving the appearance of landscapes while reducing inappropriate use of fertilizers and pesticides. Soil and water testing, plant disease identification, and guidance on growing, grooming and pruning trees and shrubs were all part of the lessons taught by Extension in a variety of settings. With the assistance of trained Master Gardener Extension Volunteers, numerous school and community gardens as well as landscape enhancements throughout county parks and recreation facilities were established and maintained. Dedicated volunteers routinely staff “Ask a Master Gardener” booths at local farmers markets, plant clinics and other community events.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE AND EFNEP
The Extension Family and Consumer Sciences agent reaches a wide audience by teaching numerous chronic disease prevention and food safety programs in schools, child care centers, libraries, senior centers, parks and recreation facilities, and employee work settings. Serving as a collaborator with other organizations, a change agent for healthy habits and an advocate for strong, healthy families, the research-based programs and services provided make a significant impact on the quality of life in Gwinnett County. A series of eight Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) classes were taught to enhance the meal preparation knowledge and skills of parents with children in low-income families. Over 400 sessions of these classes, which focus on nutrition, parenting and money management, were presented.
IMPACTING GWINNETT COUNTY YOUTH
Youth enrolled in the Gwinnett County 4-H program are involved in supervised, guided activities in which they learn leadership skills, such as public speaking, while gaining valuable knowledge and skills designed to help them be successful in daily life. The Gwinnett County 4-H staff partners with the Gwinnett County Public Schools to provide educational programs to assist teachers in preparing students for Georgia Performance Standards and the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). Giving back to the community through a variety of service projects is an important part of the 4-H program. Currently, Gwinnett County 4-H youth extend their technology skills to older adults through a technology literacy program known as the 4-H Mentor Up/Tech Wizard program. The program is designed to close the gap in the comfort level of our youth as they bond with an older generation while sharing their technology and social media skills.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.