UGA Extension Office

4-H Youth Development


What is 4-H?

What is now 4-H began at the start of the 20th century. It all begun with the passage of the Smith Lever Act of 1914 which established the Extension service, of which 4-H is a part.

• 4-H stands for Head, Hands, Heart and Health. Green and white are the official 4-H colors.
• 4-H is a program primarily for 5th – 12th graders.
• 4-H is a cooperative program of the United States Department of Agriculture, University of Georgia.
All 4-H members gain confidence, positive self-concept, appreciate social and cultural diversity, love for learning, make new friends and have fun.


• Contest
    o Milk make
    o Public Speaking
    o Record Books
    o Food Contest
    o Livestock Showmanship
    o Table Setting
• Educational Programs
    o Farm Day
    o Arbor Day
    o Rabies Clinic
    o Workshops
• SAFE Programs
    o Shotgun
    o BB
    o Archery


Below are some of 4-H's most broadly useful resources from the Georgia 4-H website. Please contact us for more information about participating in any of these programs through this county office.

4-H Resources:
Summer Camp
Summer Camp County offices promote and coordinate 4-H summer camp experiences unlike any other in the county. Counties travel to unique 4-H centers across the state offering fun, friendship and adventure for over 8,000 4-H'ers each summer. Visit the Georgia 4-H Website
Environmental Education
Environmental Education The Georgia 4-H Environmental Education Program is one of the nation’s largest and oldest providers of local environmental education, serving over 45,000 people annually. The research-based curriculum provides hands-on learning experiences aligned with Georgia Performance Standards.
Livestock Program
Livestock Program The Georgia 4-H Livestock Program gives students the opportunity to practice and acquire new knowledge in the fields of animal science, business, time management and leadership.
Project Achievement
Project Achievement This core program showcases the work and success of 4-H'ers through presentations and portfolios on numerous topics. Members compete against their peers at the local, district and state levels in an effort to master their project.
Become a Volunteer The Georgia 4-H Foundation relies heavily on the efforts of volunteers to help coordinate and organize yearly alumni & friends events. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer, read more about becoming a volunteer at the Georgia 4-H website.
Project S.A.F.E.
Project S.A.F.E. Project S.A.F.E. (Shooting Awareness, Fun and Education) is a curriculum based and designed to assist young people in personal development, establish a personal environmental ethic and explore life-long vocational and avocational activities.
Military Programs UGA Extension Military Outreach builds partnerships and provides programs that help Georgia military families find positive ways to cope with the stress of military life.