February 6, 2020

 

Each year, 4-H Day at the Capitol is held during a session of the General Assembly so that 4-H’ers can schedule visits with their legislators, serve as House and Senate pages, see top 4-H’ers honored, and hear our State 4-H President address the state legislature. 4-H Day at the Capitol also features a luncheon, hosted by the Georgia 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees, that offers 4-H youth the opportunity to eat with and meet legislators from around the state.

 

Check with your local County Extension Office for more information.

 

Important Things to Remember

  • This event is designed for mature middle school and high school aged 4-H’ers. It is important that everyone in attendance understands the need to represent Georgia 4-H well.
  • The schedule for events at the Capitol, including our 4-H President’s legislative address and recognition of honorees by the House and Senate, is subject to change. We will do our best to nail down the final schedule for the day as far in advance as possible.
  • There is no limit to the number of people from each county who can attend 4-H Day at the Capitol.  However, we do ask counties to register for 4-H Day at the Capitol so that we can:
    • Purchase insurance for the event
    • Have a record of 4-H’ers who are attending and those that will be paging
    • Have a list of counties and 4-H’ers who are traveling that day

2019 Press Release

Atlanta, GA – More than 500 Georgia 4-H youth, leaders, and volunteers visited Atlanta for Georgia 4-H Day at the Capitol on Feb. 7, 2019, at the Georgia Freight Depot and Capitol Building. This leadership- and civic engagement-based event connects 4-H youth with Georgia legislators, provides insight to the legislative process, and gives thanks to legislators and donors.

“This annual event honors 4-H’ers who have proven their leadership abilities as they serve as representatives of the young people of Georgia” said Arch Smith, State 4-H Leader and Director of 4-H. “It gives them the opportunity to visit and interact with legislators and community leaders as well as observe the General Assembly in session. We hope this will inspire their own leadership interests.”

Over 480 youth attended the event, 59 more than the previous year. Some youth members had the opportunity to serve as pages for either the Georgia House of Representatives or Senate. Board of Directors President John Henry Walker addressed the General Assembly, thanking them for their continued support of Georgia 4-H and participation in the 4-H Day at the Capitol. Resolutions in the House of Representatives and Senate recognized several 4-H youth members for their outstanding achievements in leadership and citizenship as well as those who have excelled in contests on national levels.

Following the Capitol tour and visit, 4-H’ers enjoyed a luncheon sponsored by the Georgia 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees. The Honorable Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, Representative Rick Jasperse (R-11) and Dr. Sam Pardue, Dean of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, encouraged the 4-H’ers to continue serving their counties and communities though 4-H participation.

“These in-person meetings between 4-H’ers and their legislators help our youth to see these leaders as regular people” said Jason Estep, Georgia 4-H Extension Specialist. “The legislators are approachable and have undoubtedly helped inspire several kids to pursue a future in public service.”

The day’s activities concluded with a picture of the entire delegation with a number of representatives and senators. Georgia 4-H appreciates Georgia’s leaders and legislators for their warm welcome and continued support of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Cooperative Extension and Georgia 4-H.

For information on getting involved in Georgia 4-H, please visit https://georgia4h.org.