Professor Emilie Smith assists 4H students with STEM experiments at the J. Phil Campbell Sr. Research and Education Center in Watkinsville, Ga.

November 03, 2022
by Jere W. Morehead, President

University of Georgia programs are helping young people expand their ideas of what the future may hold and create paths to achieve their goals. We are proud to partner with PreK–12 schools and nonprofit organizations around the state to provide a network of support for Georgia’s youth.

Among our many statewide programs, Georgia 4-H helps more than 242,000 students in grades 4–12 each year build leadership and communication skills, develop healthy lifestyles and financial literacy, contribute to civic life, become good stewards of our natural resources, and advance agriculture and the STEM disciplines. Another program, the Georgia College Advising Corps, helps 4,000 high school students each year with all aspects of the college admissions process to increase the numbers of underrepresented, first-generation, and low-income students who earn college degrees.

At the local level, UGA partners with the Clarke County School District on numerous programs.  Among them are Horizons at UGA, which blends literacy and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) with swimming to build self-confidence and a lifelong interest in learning for rising first graders over the summer. Another program, Georgia Possible, focuses on leadership development and college readiness for high school students over a three-year period from 10th through 12th grade.

Extending educational opportunities to students of all ages is part of UGA’s efforts to improve lives and strengthen communities as a land-grant institution. Together with our community partners, we are helping to build a brighter future for students and a brighter future for our state.