4-H Blitz: Introducing Youth to 4-H
4-H is one of the nation’s largest youth development organizations. More than 6 million youth participate nationally. 4-H Blitz is focused on getting junior and intermediate youth (ages 8-13) more involved in 4-H.
Research from Tufts University shows youth engaged in 4-H are:
•Nearly two times more likely to get better grades in school;
•Nearly two times more likely to plan to go to college;
•41 percent less likely to engage in risky behaviors; and
•25 percent more likely to positively contribute to their families and communities.
Think of blitz as an overview. Blitz is a special day to explore what 4-H has to offer. What makes Blitz fun? 4-H youth from around the district come together to make new friends, discover their potential, gain leadership skills, attend interesting workshops, and to have fun. District III includes youth from Leon, Jefferson, Liberty, Wakulla, Gulf, Franklin and Gadsden counties. Together youth from District III are exposed to 4-H projects that they may pursue and what goes on at 4-H Congress /4-H legislator. This year’s workshops will include: fun with science, sun safety, a fitness challenge, parliamentary procedure, rocketry, crafts, and fun with Facebook.
Some youth think that 4-H does not focus on activities that interest them, but that is not true. 4-H clubs and projects are designed to focus on youth interest. All you need to start a 4-H Club is a responsible adult to act as the adult club leader and five or more youth. The youth select a 4-H club topic, report the topic to their adult club leader, and the leader contact your counties 4-H Agent to get your club officially set-up and registered. To find out more about what 4-H can do for you, come to Blitz!
This years’ District III Blitz will be held in Gadsden County, at the UF North Florida Research & Education Center (155 Research Road, Quincy, FL 32351). The cost is $6.00 which includes lunch, supplies, and transportation from your local 4-H office. To register for the event contact your 4-H Office before Friday, March 9th, 2012 to register. For more information and forms please click on all highlighted words and print.