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Project Achievement

What is Project Achievement?

4-H Project Achievement is a cornerstone in the Georgia 4-H program.
Students select a topic of interest and prepare demonstrations to present in front of an audience. This is mostly done through speeches and visual aids but also includes foods labs and performing arts categories.

Who can compete?

5th grade students in most schools present as a part of their class in-school 4-H programs (School Enrichment) and may also have the opportunity to attend the district competition.
4th, 5th, and 6th grade students who are not part of an in-school club are also welcome at this "Cloverleaf" district level of competition.

As students get older, the competition progresses to incude a "portfolio" or resume of yearly activities and the district contest is a fun-filled weekend event.  

7th-12th graders turn in their portfolio in December and compete at Rock Eagle 4-H Center around early March.
Winners at the "Senior"or high school level can progress to the state contest.

Different level of competition!

CLOVERLEAF: 4th-6th grades
-List of Project Areas

JUNIOR: 7th & 8th grades
-List of Project Areas

SENIOR: 9th-12th grades
-List of Project Areas



"Georgia 4-H Project Achievement empowers young people with skills for a lifetime!"


Why participate in Project Achievement?

Project Achievement is an opportunity to enhance a variety of skills that are beneficial to college and work environments.

The competition is centered around a topic of interest to you, so you will spend time learning about something you love and sharing your knowledge with others. It is a win-win-win for you, for the community, and our pleasure of helping you to achieve your goals!

High school 4-H members who make it to the state contest enjoy an all expenses paid trip to Atlanta called State Congress.
During those few days, 4-H'ers compete with others from all around the state, practice interview skills, meet with donors, travel to an organization that benefits the community, and visit Six Flags over Georgia.

Parent Resources

Learn more about 4-H Project Achievement and access resources at the Georgia 4-H website.

Educational Value and Learning Outcomes of Project Achievement

4-H Project Achievement is a self-directed individual competition with over 50 project areas offered that cover nearly every topic available for student exploration and presentation.
Through the 4-H Project Achievement process, youth explore an area of interest, gain knowledge and skills in the area, prepare presentations with evidence of learning, and (when age appropriate) develop a documented record of project work that includes leadership and community service based on experiential learning activities.
Youth from 4th to 12th grade have the opportunity to participate in this competitive process that is designed to meet youth development and age appropriate standards. 
4-H Project Achievement participants develop research, writing, and presentation skills that help youth perform better in school related tasks and tests, become self-directed learners and contributing members of society and produces work ready young adults.  This process builds not only skills related to the Georgia Performance Standards but also those directly related to Georgia Work Ready .

Learning outcomes include:

  • Acquire an understanding of a subject matter in a given project area
  • Develop skills in researching, assembling, and presenting information
  • Develop and enhance qualities of integrity, sportsmanship, cooperation and self-confidence
  • Develop skills in leadership, service and communication
  • (7th-12th) Develop skills in planning and conducting leadership and service activities
  • (7th-12th grade) Prepare written information highlighting personal accomplishments in project work, leadership & service