For more than 100 years, 4-H has stood behind the idea that youth is the single strongest catalyst for change. From its rural roots, the club has grown into a global organization that teaches kids life skills.
Georgia 4-H’s legacy traces its roots back to corn clubs, which were essentially corn growing contests for young boys held by school supervisors, either superintendents or teachers.
While farmers were slow to take up the latest practices recommended by agricultural specialists, the youth implemented this information into their corn growing through the corn clubs. Eventually, farmers realized the boy’s increased yields stemmed from the new trends, and they too became influenced by the Cooperative Extension agents.
The clubs became a nationwide movement. Through centralized efforts of USDA and the Cooperative Extension System, 4-H was officially created and has become one of the largest and well-known youth development organizations today.
Today, Georgia 4-H provides educational youth development programs for more than 180,000 young people across the state, helping them develop life skills in leadership, citizenship, communication and decision-making through hands-on learning programs offered in school systems, after school, at 4-H camp, in environmental education, statewide 4-H agricultural and family and consumer science opportunities, and conferences.