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
Beginning September 20, 2017, through April 10, 2018, 152 youth participated in the Relationship Smarts
program offered through UGA Extension in Columbus-Muscogee County.
These youth were given information and lessons on healthy relationships, conflict resolution and relationship decision-making. Out of 152 youth reached, 143 graduated from the program, with 94.1 percent of participants completing 75 percent or more of the program. A total of 132 youth completed an overall program-evaluation survey, answering questions about the program material.
Out of 132 responses, 81.8 percent responded that they have been in a dating relationship. Surveyors indicated that 58.1 percent of them felt a little or a lot more confident in establishing relationships, 57.9 percent would recommend the program to their peers and 48.8 percent said they felt better about themselves.
One participant commented, “The relationship class changed my outlook on relationships because now I know that you and your partner must move at the same speed or you will have a shaky relationship. So, taking a relationship slowly will give you time to get to know each other.” Another participant responded, “It is important to learn how to start good relationships and how good relationships can last. Lots of people don’t know how to communicate, which leads to bad relationships and people being sad or hurt. Better communication helps everyone and leads to good relationships and happy people.” When asked what participants liked best about the program, responses included; “It taught me to wait for things,” “Techniques for people in relationships,” “I’m a completely different person,” “Tips on healthy dating,” and “Learning about how to keep a healthy relationship with people close to me.”
Based on average responses and evaluation, participants learned healthy relationship skills and tools, and they practiced putting them in action.