4-H Youth Development
4-H is a club where adults 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. As a part of UGA Extension, 4-H is a part of the nationwide Extension System. Through 4-H and all that it offers, we hope to create a world where adults and youth can learn, grow, and work together as catalysts for positive change and accomplish the extraordinary!
Pulaski County 4-H is a partner with public education; therefore, we are a part of the school day. We see every student in 4th - 8th grade in a scheduled 4-H club meeting, providing enrichment lessons in Science, Math, Language Arts, and Careers.
Our 4-H curricula meet Georgia Performance Standards (GPSs) and the College and Career Performance Readiness Index standards (CCRPI). Georgia 4-H has six core values that we teach: 1) Agriculture, 2) Citizenship, 3) Communication, 4) Environment, 5) Family & Consumer Science, and 6) Leadership.
Pulaski County 4-H wouldn't be where we are without the support of our local schools, businesses, and farmers. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering experiential learning experiences for today's youth. Learn more about sponsorship or donor opportunities.
4-H is a club for youth in grades 4-12. In Pulaski County, we see every 4th - 8th grade student in the classroom setting, so you will become a 4-H'er once school starts if you are not already enrolled. High school 4-H'ers meet after school and during special designated club times during school.
If you are home-schooled or attend an out-of-county private school, you are still eligible to enroll in Pulaski County 4-H. To become more involved in Pulaski County 4-H, contact our office. You may download the required enrollment form and other important forms by visiting our Forms and Flyers page.
Colors - White & Kelly Green
Motto - "To Make the Best Better"
Pledge - I Pledge My Head to Clearer Thinking,
My Heart to Greater Loyalty,
My Hands to Larger Service,
And My Health to a Better Living
For My Club, My Community, My Country, & My World!
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.
4-H Essential Elements - Mastery, Belonging, Independence, and Generosity
Sonya R. Jones, County Extension Coordinator and 4-H Agent
Sonya Jones started working with Pulaski County Extension as the 4-H Program Assistant in 2001, then moved to the 4-H Agent position in 2002. She was a Bleckley County 4-H'er, competing in the Time & Money Management project, Cotton Boll, State Consumer Judging, and was an active Teen Leader. As an agent, she concentrates on Leadership, Healthy Living, and Science with an emphasis on Environmental Education. Sonya graduated from Georgia Southwestern State University with a degree in Biology, and received her Master's Degree in Agricultural Leadership from the University of Georgia. She is a member of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents, the Georgia Association of Extension 4-H Agents, Epsilon Sigma Phi, and the Georgia Master 4-H Club.
Staley Bell, Extension 4-H Educator
Staley Bell, a former active 4-H’er herself, is the UGA Extension Pulaski County 4-H Educator. In her role, she conducts in-school 4-H club meetings, recruits new 4-H participants, markets the program, prepares students for competitive events such as DPA, plans, promotes, and participates in summer and day camps, and so much more to be part of positive youth development in our community. Staley is a previous valedictorian graduate from Hawkinsville High School and graduated summa cum laude with her bachelor’s degree from Middle Georgia State University. She is married to Chris Bell, and they have a young son who they will definitely encourage to be an active 4-H’er himself one day. She is excited to now be in a position to give back to the same 4-H program that gave so much to her growing up.
Courtney King, AmeriCorps Member
Courtney King grew up right here in Hawkinsville, Georgia, so she has been a longstanding member of the community, making her a great choice our AmeriCorps Community Service Member postion. Courtney is able to work directly with our 4-H'ers during monthly 4-H club meetings. This is Courtney's first position working with teenagers, so she says it can a be a daunting task! Courtney also helps with our marketing and promoting all the fun events and activities offered by our club. Courtney lives in Hawkinsville with her husband and daughter, who will be in first grade in the Fall of 2018.