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4-H Club Foundation receives two grants worth $105,000 from State Farm Insurance

UGA’s 4-H Club Foundation Cooperative Extension has received two grants totaling $105,000 from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board.

A $75,000 service-learning grant will be used by the state Collegiate 4-H Club to: receive training from Georgia’s extension financial management specialist and developer of the “4-H Your Money Your Future” curriculum for middle-school youth; share information about the project and obtain input from financial literacy professionals at a national conference; adapt, develop and pilot the curriculum in 10 communities; and host a national conference to train collegiate 4-H’ers in more than 30 states to lead service-learning projects.

The $30,000 service-learning grant will be used by the Georgia 4-H Youth Technology Leadership Team’s Cyber Security Initiative to partner the Need-a-Computer Project and cyber education through improvement and enhancement of a mobile lab to improve access and information about technology to underserved youth and families throughout Georgia.

GPS/GIS mapping will chart the recipients of Need-a-Computer in persistent poverty communities and add to the science, engineering and technology-based practical skills for science-based careers in the 21st century.

“The youth technology leadership team is thrilled to receive a State Farm grant for the second year to continue our cyber security initiative to reach underserved youth in Georgia with our Need-a-Computer project as well as to conduct Internet, social networking and cyber bullying prevention education across the state,” said Cheryl Varnadoe, team adviser.

A unit of the College of Agricultural and ­Environmental Sciences, the UGA 4-H Club is one of 82 community organizations in the U.S. and Canada to receive a grant. More than 1,100 grant requests were received by State Farm’s YAB.