Rebecca Hardeman, PHR, SHRM-CP
1262 Government Circle
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Phone: (770) 473-5435
Office: (770) 473-3945
Fax: (770) 473-5438
The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in Clayton County is part of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. We are also an educational division of Clayton County Government with funding also provided by the Clayton County Board of Education.
Our purpose is to bring current research and information to the people of Clayton County in the areas of Agriculture/Environment, Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H/Youth Development. Our goal is to help citizens with:
- Agricultural Competitiveness and Profitability
- Natural Resources and Environmental Management
- Improving Nutrition, Diet and Health
- Family Development and Resource Management
- Leadership and Volunteer Development
- Youth at Risk
Agricultural Competitiveness and Profitability
Classes and printed material are available on lawns, landscaping, insect control, fruit and vegetable production, pesticide application and soil tests, as well as traditional farm production.
Natural Resources and Environmental Management
Information is available on disposing of hazardous household waste, conserving water both inside and outside the home including lawns and gardens.
Improving Nutrition, Diet and Health
What should you eat to stay healthy? Extension educators answer that question by phone, in classes, food demonstrations or at manned exhibits with publications. Topics include nutrition for children, teens, and the elderly, as well as, special needs such as lowering cholesterol, triglycerides, sodium, fat and sugar. Other related topics that affect health are: food preservation, preparation, safety and purchasing.
Family Development and Resource Management
Educational opportunities and resources are available in the areas of basic developmental needs of the total family (from infancy to senior adults); improving family relations; basic parenting skills; and in-service training for care providers. Resources are available to help individuals and families become better able to manage their finances include: money management classes, credit repair foreclosure prevention and Home Buyer education. Individual consultations available as requested. Home visiting, parenting education and support services are also available through The ABC’s of Parenting program. Educational content includes Parents and Teachers Safe Care and Early Intervention.
Leadership and Volunteer Development
Developing leadership skills in Clayton's emerging leaders (both youth and adult) is a priority. Extension works closely with the local adult leadership program: Leadership Clayton - jointly sponsored by Clayton County Chamber of Commerce and Clayton College and State University.
Identifying, nurturing, developing and training emerging leaders to better serve the needs of Clayton County is the mission of the Clayton County Grassroots Leadership Institute. Through a series of classes based on the UGA J. W. Fanning's Leadership Institute curriculum, participants are provided an opportunity to develop team building, leadership and interpersonal skills.
- Clayton County Grassroots Leadership Class Schedule
- Clayton County Grassroots Leadership Informational Brochure
Youth at Risk
Our effort involves young people in many of the listed initiatives. There are opportunities for youth in 5th thru 12th grade. These include working with kids in individual 4-H projects. County and state-wide 4-H events such as rallies, competitions, special interest camps, judging teams, horse club and community service projects are also available.
We offer a number of newsletters:
Baby Talk - Resources to support people who work with infants and toddlers.
Diabetes Life Lines - published bi-monthly Includes information on diabetes, nutrition, the diabetic exchange system, recipes and important information.
Growing Child Grandma Says - published monthly Includes information that helps you understand your child
Tips for Teens - Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes - National Diabetes Education program
Senior Sense Newsletters - published quarterly Includes information on upcoming classes, consumer tips and current information from UGA Specialists.
The UGA Cooperative Extension Service offers educational programs, assistance and materials to all people without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability status.