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4-H Youth Development

What is Georgia 4-H?

Georgia 4-H helps youth to acquire knowledge, develop life skills and form attitudes that will enable them to become self-directive and productive members of society. The program sets the stage for youth and adults to learn, grow and work together as catalysts for positive change.


Georgia 4-H has a mission to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. This mission is accomplished through hands-on learning experiences and a focus on agricultural and environmental issues, agriculture awareness, leadership, communication skills, foods and nutrition, health, energy conservation and citizenship.

Georgia 4-H is all about exploring and discovering, encouraging and challenging. As a program of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension System, 4-H is part of the nationwide Extension network.

Members of 4-H are known for sharing their research-based knowledge and technology with others where they live and work. Georgia 4-H combines federal, state, and local expertise and resources.


Become a Teen Leader

Of the many opportunities in Georgia 4-H to develop leadership, one of the most positive experiences is the opportunity for 4-H'ers to mentor younger 4-H'ers by serving as teen leaders in their county program and at district and state events.  A good teen leader can be the lifeline for the county 4-H program and its leaders.  This training is held once each summer and certifies active 4-H'ers to serve as a teen leader throughout the year.

How does this training work?

Clayton County Extension will hold a one-day training.  Register HERE!

Who can be a teen leader?

Any active and responsible 4-H'er can serve as a teen leader.

Do they have to be trained in order to be a teen leader?

Yes, training is mandatory for overnight county events and any district or state events.

Will the training carry from county to county?

Yes, once they are trained in one county, they can be trained for all counties.

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