Project Achievement is one of the most important activities we have in 4-H. Across Georgia children are learning about a topic of their choice, creating a presentation and delivering the information to a panel of judges. The number one fear of adults is public speaking, even ranking before death at number 2. We would like to help raise young adults who are comfortable with public speaking, so when they get older they will have a strong voice in the world. District Project Achievement or DPA has many other benefits including: learning how to effectively research a topic, vocabulary, organizing the flow of a paper, creating quality visual aids, interviewing skills, resume building, and mastery of a subject. It covers many of the CCRPI requirements for English Language Arts.
The categories are divided by age groups. 4-6th graders are considered Cloverleafs and only compete in those subject areas at a local level. Students in 7-8th grade are Junior's who will attend the District competition at Rock Eagle in March with our Senior competitors. Our Senior 4-H'ers, 9-12 graders, participating in DPA have the chance to advance to the State competition in Atlanta if they win their category or are the winner of a sweepstakes placing. Advancing to State Congress is a very special honor for 4-H'ers. Students will compete against their peers in the same project area from all over the state to receive Master 4-H status and a trip to National 4-H Congress. If a child makes it to this level they are considered among the best in the U.S. and will meet people from all over the world at their week stay in Atlanta. If you would like additional resources or have questions please contact Agent Andy or Mrs. Renee by calling the 4-H office at 706-754-2318.
It's never too early to work on those projects!!!