4-H Youth Development
Who is 4-H For?
4-H is open to all youth from pre-school through 12th grade. There are limited activities for those younger than 5th grade. Explore what 4-H can offer your child with our staff:
- Ms. Kaitlyn works with 5th grade, horse club and horse judging team.
- Ms. Barbara works with 6th grade and poultry judging, consumer judging, and forestry judging teams.
- Ms. Pam works with our Cloverbuds, those that are younger than 5th grade, 7-12th grade, and works with youth with public speaking. She is our Agent in charge of 4-H.
Give us a call at 678.377.4010.
The mission of Georgia 4-H is 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 focused on agricultural and environmental issues, agriculture awareness, leadership, communication skills, foods and nutrition, health, energy conservation, and citizenship.
Exploring and discovering, encouraging and challenging, that's what Georgia 4-H is all about. 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. 4-H combines federal, state, and local expertise and resources.
Community 4-H clubs have a planned program that runs throughout the year and focuses on a variety of self-chosen learning experiences and activities. Examples include photography, robotics, gardening, animal science, ecology, textiles, and cooking. 4-H community clubs typically meet in the evenings or on the weekend. Each county offers a variety of programs.
Project 4-H clubs encourage each 4-H’er to choose a project in the area of sports and recreation, sciences, human development, performing arts, public speaking, nutrition and health or leadership. These programs run throughout the year and focus on one project area.
4-H'ers practice what they have learned through various activities such as: local, district, state and national project achievement competitions, judging team events, leadership development programs, community service activities and special interest clubs. Project 4-H clubs typically meet in the evenings or on the weekend.
4-H activities and programs are designed with enthusiastic and motivated kids in mind. It's a place for young people to interact with sharing adults to build lifelong memories.
Outstanding members can receive recognition, awards and college assistance scholarships. With a goal of providing boys and girls opportunities for achievement and community involvement, 4-H is one of the most personally rewarding experiences a young person can have.
The National 4-H emblem is a four-leaf clover, which represents the four-fold development of Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. The four-leaf clover signifies "good luck" and "achievement." Like the clover, 4-H represents the idea of a four-squared, well-rounded life. If it is good luck to find a four-leaf clover, then it is far better luck to know and live each "H" on the clover.
Georgia 4-H Volunteer of the Year
We are proud to announce that Cisco Damons was awarded the Georgia 4-H Salute to Excellence 2019 Southern Region Volunteer of the Year Award. Cisco was seleccted from a group of participants representing the 15 Southern states. Cisco was an active 4-H’er in Barrow County in the 1990’s. He competed in project work and was active in the many activities available to him through the club. To hear Cisco talk about his 4-H years, he is appreciative of all the things his 4-H Agent did for him and how much 4-H meant to him. His family had limited resources, so 4-H was a tool for him to learn, grow, and blossom into a responsible adult. Cisco gives of his time so willingly to Gwinnett 4-H. He attends and chaperones almost every Gwinnett County 4-H event. He has a CDL license, so he volunteers to drive the bus or van to many 4-H events. Cisco has been volunteering with Gwinnett for the past 9 years and the value of his hours total more than $84,000 over the 9 years. Cisco is loved by everyone that comes in contact with him. It is obvious that 4-H, and what this program does for youth, holds a special place in his heart. He is truly worthy of the 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award. Thank you Cisco Damons for all you have done for 4-H!
To learn about the Gwinnett County 4-H program, contact Pam Bloch, 4-H Youth Development Program Agent at 678.377.4010.