Making A Difference in Our County
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is working hard for its constituents. The following are examples of Extension’s impact in the county over the past year.
4-H Youth Development
The simplest way for 4-H to serve the greatest number of students is through in-school programming. This mission is accomplished through hands-on learning and experiences focused on agriculture awareness, leadership, communication skills, foods, nutrition, health, energy conservation and citizenship. A study of 4-H’ers shows that 4-H youth excel beyond their peers. That study, Tufts Positive Youth Development Research Reports, concluded that 4-H’ers are four times more likely to contribute to their community, two times more likely to be civically active and two times more likely to make healthy choices. Atkinson County 4-H’ers also competed in several events such as Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging, Georgia National Fair exhibits, livestock shows and many community-service events such as canned food drives and pop tab collection. Each of these programs, club meetings and community-service events helps accomplish the mission of Georgia 4-H to assist youth in acquiring knowledge and developing life skills to enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. Atkinson County 4-H encourages and challenges youth to explore and discover so that 4-H’ers can learn to recognize their potential and build on the foundations of personal self-esteem and confidence.