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What is 4-H?

Georgia 4-H empowers youth to learn, discover and create to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. 

As the youth development program for UGA Cooperative Extension, 4-H educates young people in every county across the state. The largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 people annually through county Extension offices and 4-H facilities.



Who do I contact to learn more and sign up?

In Georgia, UGA Extension faculty and staff members based on the state staff and through counties work with adult and teen volunteer leaders to implement 4-H programs. For more information about Georgia 4-H in your area, contact your local county Extension Office

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Youth development rooted in social science

Across our curricula and programs, the national 4-H essential elements below are embedded into the learning experience to promote positive youth development:

  • Mastery: Youth need to feel and believe they are capable and they must experience success at solving problems and meeting challenges.
  • Generosity: Youth need to feel their lives have meaning and purpose.
  • Belonging: Youth need to know they are cared about by others and feel a sense of connection to others.
  • Independence: Youth need to know that they are able to influence people and events through decision-making and action. 

Maggie Payne received the top honor in the 4-H Pumpkin Growing Contest with a 650-pound pumpkin grown in Union County.
4-H Pumpkin Contest Maggie Payne received the top honor in the 4-H Pumpkin Growing Contest with a 650-pound pumpkin grown in Union County.
Mitchell County 4-H is the first youth-serving program to be recognized as a Clean Water Hero by the Georgia Water Coalition.
Clean Water Hero Mitchell County 4-H is the first youth-serving program to be recognized as a Clean Water Hero by the Georgia Water Coalition.
Nearly destroyed by fire in 2019, the Rock Eagle Chapel at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center was restored with the help of generous donations from supporters.
Rock Eagle Chapel Nearly destroyed by fire in 2019, the Rock Eagle Chapel at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center was restored with the help of generous donations from supporters.
The Georgia 4-H Forestry program teaches youth to identify up to 70 Georgia tree species, as well as common pests and diseases that impact those trees.
4-H Forestry The Georgia 4-H Forestry program teaches youth to identify up to 70 Georgia tree species, as well as common pests and diseases that impact those trees.
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