Oconee County Extension Office:
4-H Youth Development: Project Achievement
Project Achievement is one of the most prominent 4-H competitions. Project Achievement helps 4-H'ers develop both oral and written communication skills while giving them the opportunity to investigate or research a topic of their interest.
4-H'ers participating in Project Achievement at the 5th and 6th grade level will investigate a topic and prepare a 4-6 minute demonstration or illustrated talk with posters. These demonstrations are given at an area event where they compete against 4-H'ers from other counties while developing public speaking skills.
Project Achievement for Junior and Senior 4-H'ers is a two part process involving the preparation of a 4-H Portfolio and a demonstration (6-10 minutes for Juniors and 8-12 minutes for Seniors) in one of the many project areas offered through Georgia 4-H. The 4-H Portfolio is a written record of their involvement in their selected project area and other activities. By preparing a portfolio, young people learn the skills needed to complete resumes, college applications and scholarship applications. 4-H'ers compete in Junior/Senior District Project Achievement at Rock Eagle in February.
Senior 4-H'ers winning at district competition attend State 4-H Congress. Congress is the premier 4-H event of the year where Senior 4-H'ers compete for state honors in their project area. This week long event involves donor visits and recognition of all state winners for the year.
Public Speaking is one of the biggest fears for many Americans. 4-H'ers who compete in Project Achievement learn to develop their public speaking skills, as well as improve research skills and overall self-confidence. This event is held for 5th - 12th grade students.
For the Project Achievement Competition, 4-H'ers prepare a demonstration with posters and other visual aids, then compete against other 4-H'ers in their category. There are over 50 projects to choose from, and 4-H'ers can talk about anything that interests them.
There are several different levels of Project Achievement Competition:
1. County Project Achievement - held locally during the winter
2. District Project Achievement - held at Rock Eagle during February or March
3. State 4-H Congress (high school only) - held in the summer in Atlanta
4. National 4-H Congress (high school only) - held in the fall in Atlanta
- Cloverleaf Project Achievement
- Junior Project Achievement
- Senior Project Achievement
- Judging 4-H Food Labs
Visit the Georgia 4-H Web site at www.georgia4h.org.