GSCS Elementary students “Step Up and Lead”


Eleven Griffin-Spalding County fourth and five grade students recently had the opportunity to attend the 5th Annual “Step Up and Lead Conference at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Georgia.

Elementary and middle school students from across the state had the opportunity to attend the 5th annual “Step Up and Lead” conference series at one of three University of Georgia centers in Dahlonega, Eatonton, and Tifton where they participated in interactive activities designed by youth development professionals. A joint effort between Georgia 4-H and the Georgia Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals, “Step Up and Lead” conferences focus 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.

“Step Up and Lead” Conferences are held twice yearly and feature motivational speakers and exciting, interactive workshops.  Workshops are designed to engage and empower youth in future leadership initiatives. These three sessions focused on Building Communication Skills, Team Building and Cooperation, and Leadership and Personality Styles.

The conference series hosted nearly 275 participants statewide.  The September 23rd conference at UGA Tifton Conference Center hosted 41 students and 6 adults, while Wahsega 4-H Center in Dahlonega hosted 111 students and 13 adults. Finally, the September 24th conference at Rock Eagle 4-H Center facilitated 70 students and 20 adult leaders.

Georgia 4-H is part of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension program and exists to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive, and contributing members of society.  The Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals (GAESP) and Georgia Association of Middle School Principals (GAMSP) exist as a part of the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (GAEL), which provides unity of school leadership groups in Georgia. For more information about this partnership and “Step Up and Lead” conferences, visit or contact Amanda Stephens at 706-542-4444 or


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