Service to Others – The 4-H Way

4-H offers many opportunities for youth to develop life skills that will serve them well into adulthood. In April, there were several campaigns designed to teach our young people the value of leadership and service to others through participation in the Month of Service and the State 4-H Service Project. Members of Jackson 4-H participated in Global Youth Service Day, True Leaders in Service and Project LIFE.

Front Row (L-R) Jackson 4-H Members Jeremy and Williams Speros
Back Row (L-R) Jackson 4-H Member Matthew Speros, Anchorage Children’s Home representative Cassie Smith and Jackson 4-H Agent Angel Granger.

Participating members of the Global Youth Service Day included youth from across the Panhandle who put together rescue bags on April 21st. These bags were dispersed to local shelters and agencies that cater to disaster victims, as well as to local Foster Agencies.

Project LIFE (Living in Florida’s Environment) is the state-wide community service project of the Florida 4-H Council. The focus of this project is to create a greener future through participation in citizen science activities, cleanup of beach areas and planting of trees.

Participants in Project LIFE will be judged as follows:

Bronze: Youth who complete 1 service project will receive a bronze certificate of completion.

Silver: Youth who complete 2 service projects will receive a silver certificate of completion.

Gold: Youth who complete 3-4 service projects will receive a gold certificate of completion and will also receive recognition at 4-H University 2018.

Emerald: Youth who complete 5 or more service projects will receive an emerald certificate of completion and will also receive recognition at 4-H University 2018.

Participation in the True Leaders in Service is part of the National Volunteer Appreciation Month which was also held in April. Youth from across the nation pledged their hands to larger service with the hope of providing positive change to help empower them and their communities, through leading service projects and meeting the needs of others.

Brothers Matthew, Jeremy, and William Speros have also completed projects including: the Jackson County Master Gardener Plant sale set up, Jackson County Master Gardener Plant sale, preparation of Disaster Preparedness Bags, collection of personal hygiene items for Jackson County 4-H, collecting ants for UF School of Ants Project, and collecting trash from paths at the Florida Caverns State Park.

Matthew Speros met with the Greenwood Mayor Phyllis Bowman to implement the Greenwood Butterfly Garden.

Jackson County 4-H applauds the efforts of these youth to participate in all of these events, for their commitment to making their community a better place and their service to others.

4-H offers a broad spectrum of projects and activities to serve a variety of interests, skills, and knowledge. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about the Jackson County 4-H Youth Development program, please visit the 4-H Youth Development page at You may also contact the 4-H Office at (850) 482-9620 or email


Posted: May 11, 2018

Category: 4-H & Youth, Community Volunteers
Tags: Global Youth Service Day, Leadership, Youth Service

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