The 4-H program in Orange County serves more than 800 members guided and mentored by 314 volunteers in areas such as leadership, citizenship and healthy living. In Orange County, the main projects areas offered to youth are in animal science, science and technology, outdoor education and healthy living. Research shows that the continuous presence of caring adults is critical to achieving positive youth development. With limited staff, volunteers can assist in reaching more youth. Today’s youth are tomorrow’s citizens, consumers, parents and leaders. Orange County 4-H programs offer age appropriate, learn-by-doing educational opportunities that complement formal education to develop knowledge, life skills, and leadership abilities. These qualities empower youth to a positively influence in their communities and become contributing members of society.
By Elver Pardo, Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development