Getting Started

Getting Started Volunteer Certification

Volunteers expand the efforts of Georgia 4-H, enabling 4-H to impact more young people.  The Getting Started Volunteer Certification provides an opportunity for 4-H Volunteers to learn more about Georgia 4-H and its initiatives.  By viewing the following modules and completing a face-to-face certification with your local Extension office, you can quickly get started with making an impact on tomorrow’s youth!

The following online video modules are approximately 15 minutes each and are coupled with a manual,  Getting Started Volunteer Manual.  The supplemental manual includes supporting materials and additional details on “Getting Started” with UGA Extension and Georgia 4-H as a volunteer.


History of Georgia 4-H

Beginning in 1904 with the Newton County Boy’s Corn Club, Mr. Arch Smith, State 4-H Leader, tells of the history of Georgia 4-H and UGA Extension.  Explore this module in less than 13 minutes and gain a brief introduction to the history of Georgia’s largest youth development organization.



Overview of Georgia 4-H: Programs in Action

The Overview of Georgia 4-H: Programs in Action is narrated by Dr. Sue Chapman, Associate State 4-H Leader.  In less than 15 minutes, Dr. Chapman provides an overview of 4-H eligibility, office structure, 4-H programming, and navigating the Extension office!  Gain a better understanding of Georgia 4-H programs and how you may potentially get involved through this module.



Essential Elements of 4-H Youth Development

Dr. Lori Purcell Bledsoe, Northwest District Program Development Coordinator, teaches the Essential Elements of Youth Development.  Based on a national model, gain an understanding of what all youth need incorporated into activities and programs in order to be successful.  This module assists volunteers in establishing positive youth development environments for Georgia’s youth.



Gaining Certification

This blended training course requires viewing these 3 online videos and satisfactorily completing a face-to-face training at your local county Extension office.  Volunteers become eligible to complete the face-to-face portion of the training following the completion of these online modules.

Contact your local county Extension office to determine how you can gain the Georgia 4-H Volunteer: Getting Started Certification!

Thank you for your support of Georgia 4-H’s young people!