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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. 

Four Oconee County students brought home top honors at Georgia 4-H’s largest judging event on May 6.
4-H Poultry Judging Four Oconee County students brought home top honors at Georgia 4-H’s largest judging event on May 6.
Jenna Dekich has been chosen to represent Georgia as a national spokesperson for the 4-H Tech Changemakers program.
National Tech Changemakers Jenna Dekich has been chosen to represent Georgia as a national spokesperson for the 4-H Tech Changemakers program.
Christian Albritton, a third-year avian biology and biological science double major from Butler, Georgia, was selected as the 2022 Student Employee of the Year thanks to his work with Georgia 4-H.
UGA Student Employee of the Year Christian Albritton, a third-year avian biology and biological science double major from Butler, Georgia, was selected as the 2022 Student Employee of the Year thanks to his work with Georgia 4-H.
Georgia 4-H volunteers help make educational programming possible for thousands of Georgia youth.
National Volunteer Week Georgia 4-H volunteers help make educational programming possible for thousands of Georgia youth.
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