Organized By

UGA Extension, Georgia 4-H
The Georgia Association of Middle School Principals
The Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals

For over 100 years, Georgia 4-H has provided young people with leadership training and opportunities to apply what they learn.  Step Up and Lead (SUAL) allows 4-H to share its leadership development expertise with a broader audience of emerging youth leaders.  SUAL is a half-day conference that focuses on cultivating leadership skills in Georgia’s younger students while providing adult leaders with a framework for engaging these students when they return to school.  SUAL Conferences are held in both the fall and spring at locations around the state.

Step Up and Lead is designed for older elementary and middle school students (grades 4-8) who have demonstrated interest in or aptitude for leadership, whether in Student Council, Beta Club,  4-H Officers, Safety Patrol, or otherwise.  The conferences feature three exciting and interactive workshops, designed and facilitated by 4-H youth development professionals, to engage and empower youth in future leadership initiatives. Participants will learn about such topics as building communication and presentation skills, understanding leadership and personality styles, and team building and group process skills.  Click the button below to find out how to register your school group today!


We’ll Be Back For Fall 2021 Conferences!

(Our Spring 2021 Conferences have been cancelled due to COVID-19.)

Spring Conference CANCELLED Rock Eagle 4-H Center
Eatonton, GA
Registration Closes:
Spring Conference CANCELLED Fortson 4-H Center
Hampton, GA
Registration Closes:
Spring Conference CANCELLED Camp Jekyll
Jekyll Island, GA
Registration Closes:
Spring Conference CANCELLED UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center
Tifton, GA
Registration Closes:

*Late registration will only be allowed if space permits.  An additional $5/participant will be charged after the deadline.


Registration Fees

If Principal is a GAESP/GAMSP Member If Principal is NOT a GAESP/GAMSP Member
Students $40.00 $50.00
Adults (Teachers and Chaperones) $20.00
Bus Drivers $0.00 with complimentary lunch provided
(for drivers not participating in SUAL program)

Please Note: If at least 75 participants are not signed-up at the close of regular registration, we reserve the right to cancel the scheduled conference and will promptly notify and refund any monies to those schools that had submitted reservation requests.

Required Information

  • Date and location of the conference you would like to attend
  • School name
  • Contact name
  • Contact phone number and email
  • Number of student slots you would like to reserve
  • Grade level of above students
  • Number of adult slots you would like to reserve
  • Number of bus drivers you will have
  • Whether or not your school principal is a member of GAESP or GAMSP

Adult Responsibilities

Please arrange for at least one adult (chaperone or teacher) to accompany each teaching group (our teaching groups are typically comprised of 20 students). The chaperone’s responsibilities are to supervise and discipline students when they are in workshops, moving between activities, and during mealtime. Chaperones must be present at all workshops and meal times.

Please meet with chaperones before the trip and cover responsibilities and expectations. We want everyone to feel comfortable, a part of the program, and learn along with the students. The more the chaperones, teachers, and Step Up and Lead instructors are informed and work as a team, the smoother the overall experience for everyone. We suggest that you have a chaperone meeting before your trip to provide them with guidelines and fill them in on their responsibilities.

General Chaperone Responsibilities include:

– Supervise students at meals.
– Supervise students between activities.
– Enforce rules for students. Correct students when and if necessary.
– Report any disciplinary/school-related incidents to the lead teacher from the school.
– Report any maintenance or programming needs to Step Up and Lead staff.


Name Address Phone Email
Gracie Kuyrkendall
State 4-H Events Coordinator
Georgia 4-H
Hoke Smith Annex
Athens, GA 30602-4356
Jason Estep
Extension Specialist
Leadership and Civic Engagement Programs
Georgia 4-H
Hoke Smith Annex
Athens, GA 30602-4356
Mr. Hal Beaver
GAESP Executive Director
P.O. Box 6445
Athens, GA 30602
(706) 250-4800