Volunteers Drive Our Mission
“The UF/IFAS Extension 4-H Youth Development Program uses a learn-by-doing approach to help youth gain the knowledge and skills they need to be responsible, productive citizens. This mission is accomplished by creating safe and inclusive learning environments, involving caring adults, and utilizing the expertise and resources of the University of Florida and the nationwide land grant university system.”
The quote above is from the Florida 4-H website. It is the mission of 4-H – a youth organization, but driven by caring adults.
We are always excited to meet youth who are interested in joining 4-H. You may have seen us at the Bunnell Bonanza, the Agricultural Museum during Suds, Spuds, and Bok Choy, or even this past weekend at Tractor Supply, or the Creekside Festival. We were particularly excited to meet all the adults who showed an interest in being a part of our company of volunteers.
We have many programs available – something for a variety of youths’ interests. However, we cannot provide these opportunities without the help from our wonderful volunteers. Volunteers use their knowledge and experience in different fields to teach 4-H members. We have lots of curriculum and resources through 4-H, but without the volunteers, there would not be anyone to guide the members through their projects and excite their curiosity. Our volunteers here in Flagler County work tirelessly to create meaningful programs for 4-H youth. They invest their time and knowledge into 4-H because they know how much it will help the youth develop into caring adults.
If you have a passion, hobby, or expertise in a subject that you would like to share with our future generations, let us know!
In particular, we are looking for volunteers to help start a school or community Marine Science club and a “Horse-less” horse club. We have plenty of resources and experts; we just need passionate volunteers to get it started!
If you are interested in learning more about the Flagler County 4-H program, please contact us at UF/IFAS Flagler County Extension at 386-437-7464.