Georgia 4-H has been partnering with public schools for over 100 years to provide youth development programming for elementary, middle, and high schools. In 2013, a new state accountability system required the addition of career exploration lessons in elementary schools. Georgia 4-H staff and faculty developed a career curriculum taught by county Extension agents in public school classrooms. This curriculum allowed Georgia 4-H to continue its historic partnership with Georgia public schools and assisted elementary schools in meeting new educational requirements. Evaluation data show that youth participants increased knowledge in respective career areas. State-standards-based 4-H career education delivered in classrooms and elsewhere can meet varied needs and yield valuable outcomes.
Murrah-Hanson, L., Kelley, B., Cantwell, J., & Cheney, J. (2019). 4-H at Work: Career Lessons Provide New Dimension to School Classrooms. Journal of Extension, 57(1), Article 10. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol57/iss1/10