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.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES
Through the Relationship Smarts curriculum series, Chattahoochee County Cooperative Extension reached 80 youth with information and lessons on healthy relationships, conflict resolution and relationship decision-making. All 80 youths graduated from the program, meaning all completed 75% or more of the program. The youth completed an overall program evaluation survey answering questions about the program material. Out of the 80 responses, 86.6% responded that they have been in a dating relationship. Participants indicated that 69.9% of them felt a little or a lot more confident in establishing relationships, 63.4% would recommend the program to their peers and 64.3% said they felt better about themselves. One participant commented, “ I learned how to communicate effectively with people I love/care about.” Another participant responded, “I feel I know a little more about what to look for in a healthy relationship and how to handle bad situations better.” When asked what participants liked best about the program, responses included, “Teaches students what a disrespectful relationship looks like,” “I love how we all connected with the activities she had us do and we all got to know each other more and know what healthy and unhealthy relationships are,” and “It taught me vital information I can use throughout my life.” Based on average responses and evaluations, participants learned about healthy relationship skills and tools and practiced putting them in action.