4-h club member cuddles with dairy cow

‘Tis the season for 4-H

While many of us are making holiday preparations this time of year, our 4-H youth and volunteers are fully engaged in their projects and preparing for various competitions, shows and opportunities in the new year.

4-h green in me club members show posters

Members of the 4-H Green in Me club present the club poster at the 4-H Showcase. [CREDIT: Sarah Davis, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County]

Through 4-H youth development, youth follow their interests and passions. They have an opportunity to delve more deeply into the topic and learn by doing, by being involved in all aspects of their project.

4-H members can choose from more than 50 projects that focus on science, engineering, technology, animals and agriculture, food and nutrition, outdoor adventures, marine science, public speaking, art, and wildlife.

A Sarasota County Extension 4-H youth shows off her llama at the Sarasota County Agricultural Fair

Maggie, a youth member with Sarasota County Extension 4-H shows off her llama at the Sarasota County Agricultural Fair. [CREDIT: Sarah Davis, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County]

4-H learning is experiential. Youth learn life skills, and then use the skills to give back to their communities. They set goals and keep records, and can participate in events and activities on a county, state and/or national level to keep their learning strong.

This “learn by doing” approach helps youth acquire knowledge, develop life skills, and form attitudes to enable them to become self-directed, productive, and contributing members of society.

4-H has three priority programs: Science, Citizenship & Leadership, and Healthy Living.Some 360 youth in 15 Sarasota County 4-H clubs learn about particular topics and apply them to everyday situations. Through 4-H projects and relationships, youth build better lives and become better stewards, employees, community citizens, and leaders.

Sarasota County Extension 4-H member Amaryllis cuddles with her show cow

Amaryllis, a Sarasota County Extension 4-H member, cuddles with her show cow. [CREDIT: Sarah Davis, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County]

Consider supporting 4-H this season through donating to your time, effort or funds to support scholarships for 4-H youth to attend camp, workshops, citizen and leadership events.

Learn more, support, or volunteer with Sarasota County 4-H today by calling 941-861-5000, emailing 4-H@scgov.net, or visiting our Twin Lakes Park office, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota. Or visit http://sarasota.ifas.ufl.edu/4-H.

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