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Members of Well Connected Communities work together to improve health in their communities. CAES News
Well Connected Communities
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents throughout the state have been hard at work improving health in their communities through the Well Connected Communities program. A nationwide initiative developed by the Cooperative Extension System and the National 4-H Council, Well Connected Communities is designed to identify and address systemic health inequities at the local level.
4-H Tech Changemakers address the digital divide between young people and senior citizens by providing education on common technological devices, assisting with one-on-one support, and helping with online activities. In this photo, Houston County 4-H Tech Changemaker Leilani Priest-Akens addresses 130 university leaders at a regional conference discussing new tech survey resources. (Photo by Josie Smith) CAES News
4-H Tech Changemakers
Youth involved with the Georgia 4-H Tech Changemakers program are bridging the digital divide and providing digital literacy education to improve workforce readiness skills in adults. The 2021-22 cohort surpassed previous record impact numbers by reaching 5,488 adults during the program year, working cooperatively to plan, implement and evaluate needs-driven educational programming in their local communities.
A young student in the Georgia 4-H Environmental Education program reaches out to gently pat a turtle at a Georgia 4-H center. CAES News
Natural Wonderland
A math teacher and a gym coach take long steps down to the sandy ground from the bottom stairs of two yellow school buses. It is still early March, but the air is already warm and sticky; a gentle breeze stirs the Spanish moss that droops from live oak trees above their heads. An instant later, 64 middle-school students pile out of the buses and take in their surroundings at Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island.
Melanie Biersmith is the ninth State Leader for Georgia 4-H CAES News
Georgia 4-H Leader
Georgia 4-H has selected Melanie Biersmith as the new state 4-H leader. Effective Nov. 1, Biersmith is the ninth state leader in the organization’s 118-year history. Biersmith most recently served as the associate state 4-H leader for facilities and residential programs for Georgia 4-H, where she managed operations and personnel at all six Georgia 4-H centers.
“My goal for this year is to touch base with as many teachers as I can, making sure they have the resources they need for their school gardens so we can get on track,” said UGA Extension community and school garden coordinator Becky Griffin. (Photo by Dorothy Kozlowski/UGA) CAES News
Spinach to Win It
October is National Farm to School Month, and this year students will learn more about a leafy green that is packed with nutrition through the theme “Spinach to Win It.” Farm to School Month is coordinated by Georgia Organics in partnership with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and other institutions. Together, they focus on a specific crop to help students across the state learn more about agriculture and how food ends up on their plates.
Ware County 4-H'er Amiyah Elam delivered an address to the 2022 Georgia 4-H State Congress delegation and shared the story of how 4-H molded her into a successful young leader. CAES News
4-H Week
Georgia 4-H is celebrating National 4-H Week and recognizing more than 100 years of excellence in positive youth development Oct. 2 through 8. With over 6 million members and 25 million alumni nationally, 4-H programs touch young people from all backgrounds and communities.
Outfitted with a bright-blue tracker on her shell, Belle the sea turtle makes her first successful voyage into the ocean after five years with Burton 4-H Center. (Photo by Josie Smith) CAES News
Burton Sea Turtle
A loggerhead sea turtle named Belle has returned to her natural habitat in the Atlantic Ocean after five years as a resident of Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island. Equipped with a tracking device attached to her shell to monitor her journey back to the sea, Belle was released on the beach at Tybee Island on Sept. 7 with a send-off from the 4-H center staff and volunteers.
State 4-H Events Coordinator and former Oconee County AmeriCorps member Ke'Marcis Howard teaches young students in a local school classroom. CAES News
Georgia 4-H AmeriCorps
The Georgia 4-H program is one of 25 Georgia organizations to receive AmeriCorps funding to support programming across the state. Organizations in Georgia received $7,260,916 in AmeriCorps funding from the federal agency for 2022-23.
Lexi Collier (right), a seventh-grade 4-H’er from Walton County, learns to fly a drone while fellow 4-H'er Drake Banner waits his turn during Georgia 4-H’s Mission Make-It event at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. CAES News
4-H Mission Make-It
The Georgia 4-H STEM initiative hosted 152 middle school 4-H’ers for Mission Make-It, an immersive learning experience at Rock Eagle 4-H Center focused on agricultural engineering. The annual event, which took place on Aug. 20, offered hands-on engineering experience with the theme “Rooted in Agriculture.”