Florida 4-H Builds Citizenship during Trip to Capitol
On February 22, Florida 4-H will participate in the 2018 4-H Day at the Capitol. Florida 4-H members from around the state of Florida take part in this educational event annually, which provided youth with the opportunity to tour Tallahassee and the Capitol buildings.
4-H Day at the Capitol gives participants across the state of Florida a unique experience that is not available to many youth. They are able to visit with their local legislators, watch them in action on the floor of the Senate and House, and listen to speakers such as Florida Agriculture Commissioner and 4-H Alumni, Adam Putnam.
Included in the day will be a tour of the Capitol area where 4-H’ers are able to tour the Old Capitol and take photos on the steps, stand in the same room where bills are created and pass through the House and Senate, and view the beauty of Tallahassee from the 22nd floor of the New Capitol Building.
In the past, speakers addressing the youth have been extremely inspirational, such as when Representative Jennifer Sullivan shared her story. She is a former 4-H member and, at 23, was the youngest woman elected to the Florida Legislature. Sullivan shared that she is the in her current position today because of the skills she gained by being a member of 4-H.
To which skills exactly is she referring, you may ask? Through 4-H, youth are able to develop and strengthen skills in leadership, citizenship, and community service. 4-H’ers are leading a Revolution of Responsibility – a movement for positive change in every community in America. 4-H youth are a living breathing, culture- changing revolution for doing the right thing, breaking through obstacles and pushing our country forward by making a measurable difference right where they live.
If you are interested in volunteering to lead Citizenship/Leadership projects and sharing your skills with the next generation, please visit Florida 4H Online and call 386-437-7464 for more information.
The Flagler County 4-H program is open to all youth, ages 5-18, regardless of gender, race, color, nationality, creed or disability.