4-H University: An Intrastate Experience

So what is 4-H University?

4-H University is designed to introduce youth to college life, and help them explore career opportunities and community service, said Sarah Hensley, a state specialized agent with the University of Florida’s 4-H Youth Development program. “4-H University is the premier 4-H event that brings youth from all backgrounds together at the University of Florida campus to interact with UF professors and build relationships with important adults who can support them when they go to get a job later in life,” Hensley continued.

Nassau County’s four 4-Hers dressed up for the 4-H University dance.

This year 4-H University hit a record attendance with about 340 youth participating from across the state, and even taking up residence for the week in UF dormitories.

4-H University is still more than what Sarah Hensley describes. State competitions are carried out from public speeches to even a talent show. The “Gator Pit” is a competitive entrepreneurial opportunity for youth to present their business ideas to receive funding from 4-H. Then there is state elections, where voting delegate from each county determine the next state 4-H council.There is even a dance for youth the let-loose and have extra fun!

Frankly, there is just and incredible amount of learning and growing opportunities available throughout the week. The schedule is full with activities starting at 7 am and ending with lights out at 11:30 pm. A tremendous amount of work is put on from both a county and a state level to ensure this event goes smoothly and that there is something for all attending to enjoy.

For more information about the 4-H University program click here.

Nassau County Competes

Nassau County youth historically has had little involvement in activities beyond their county barrier. This year,however, 4 youth registered and one of which was on county scholarship due to her being a competitor. Nassau County had 2 participants for the state level competition.

Isabella took home a red award for her demonstration on show chicken grooming and 2 awards for her photography- a first place in the scenic category and second in still life. Her first place photo will be featured on the state 4-H page.

Zachary also took home a red award for his illustrated talk about various chicken breeds.

We are so proud of these youth as this was their first ever state competition!

Nassau County expects returned and even increased participation next year.

For more information about Nassau County’s 4-H program please visit our Facebook.

Isabella giving her demonstration on how to groom a show chicken.

Zachary giving his very knowledgeable illustrated talk on the various chicken breeds.