Each year the University of Florida offers an entrepreneurial journey, The Gator Pit. This journey is a free 3 month program open to all youth ages 14-18 in the state of Florida. Youth are taught how to transform an idea into a viable business through 6 virtual teaching sessions. All of these concluding with a one-day pitch competition at the end of May in Orlando. Even though the opportunity to present in Orlando was not an option this year, it is still opportunity and experience that many youth look forward to each year.
I am beyond thrilled to announce that one of our very own Flagler County 4-H Bulldog Robotics members, Alex Houghton and business partner John Magee participated in the 2020 Gator Pit program. Alex and John were able to launch and pitch their business ideas with the creation of A and J’s Organic Cookie Company. Not only did these two-youth win 2nd place, but they were also granted $300 to go towards the purchase of supplies to test run products in support of their business. I am so proud of these two boys. They never let a virtual platform get in the way of them fulfilling their idea and dream!
The new 4-H year will be open for enrollment beginning September 1st . I encourage all youth in Flagler County to join one of our amazing school, community or project clubs. Being a member of a 4-H club teaches youth so many wonderful life skills that will last for a lifetime. For more information on joining a club, please contact the 4-H office.
Contributed by Alisha Hutchinson, UF/IFAS Extension Flagler County 4-H Agent
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