4-H is a youth development organization that offers a variety of projects that engage young minds in hands-on learning experiences. The core philosophy of 4-H projects focuses on experiential learning, empowering participants to acquire essential life skills while making meaningful community contributions. There are many project areas that 4-H’ers can participate in. 4-H projects can be separated into 5 categories:
- Animal Projects
- Communication and Expressive Arts
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
- Healthy Living and Citizenship
- Plant and Environmental Sciences
Each category presents an opportunity for 4-H members to dive into their passions, cultivate new skills, and contribute meaningfully to their communities.
Selecting the best project can be difficult, especially if this is your first or second year in 4-H. If you need help selecting projects, you can use this quiz to help you find the project that is best for you: Project Exploration Quiz | Marion (osu.edu)
4-H provides various resources to support participants throughout their project journeys. For instance, the Florida 4-H clearinghouse offers approved project books, and the 4-H mall is a great place to check out books, but the project books must be approved by your 4-H Agent. These resources help young learners document their progress, reflections, and achievements, fostering a sense of accomplishment and growth.
Florida 4-H Clearinghouse: Florida_4-H_Curriculum-Clearing-House.pdf (ufl.edu)
For those specifically interested in Lake County 4-H, project books are available through links like Google Drive. These records offer insights into previous 4-H members’ projects, providing inspiration and ideas for new participants. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WRtVulloHHu-CU8q_4E_J4t5MTxVfMid/view?usp=drive_link
In case of any questions, please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can help you access the necessary information and guidance to embark on your 4-H journey.