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What is 4-H?

4-H is the non-formal educational youth development program of the University of Florida IFAS (Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences) and Florida Extension.   4-H is the nation’s LARGEST youth development program and the only one that is university based.

The purpose of 4-H is to help youth become productive members of society. By developing life skills, youth learn practical solutions to problems they will face throughout their life. 4-H membership is open to boys and girls ages 5-18 without regard to sex, disability, race, nationality, or ethnicity.

4-H offers flexible programming to meet youth needs by emphasizing skill building processes and effective outcomes through activities that promote positive values, social responsibility, and lifelong learning. Young people involved in 4-H have the opportunity to:

  • Develop as an individual
  • Learn life skills related to projects
  • Make new friends
  • Work with adult volunteers
  • Develop pride as they learn by doing
  • Develop leadership skills, including the ability to speak before a group
  • Explore projects that may lead to future careers

Learn more about 4-H through a 4-H Orientation course or by reading through the outline of the course here.

Escambia County 4-H offers many ways for youth and volunteers to be involved. Whether you are interested in a long term commitment to 4-H or want to explore a particular project area, there is something for everyone.

Life long learning and consistent mentorship are tenants of 4-H, as such one of our primary ways to become involved is through our community clubs. Community clubs provide a consistent form of developing community with other 4-H’ers as well as caring adults while youth focus on project areas and work together to develop leadership and build mastery in skills. Here are the clubs we have in Escambia County and a little bit about them as you make your decision how you fit into 4-H:

If you don’t see something here that interests you, give us a call, there is a place for everyone in 4-H. If you are interested in volunteering, we always love to have caring adults work with our youth and help to pass along their experience and skills. Check out our information on volunteering here to find out how to get involved.

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