Which groups of kids can belong to a 4-H club? Choose the best answer:
- Kids and youth ages 5-18
- Kids who are Latino, White, Black, Asian, Native American, Pacific Islander, Eskimo, and combinations of these
- Kids in wheelchairs, with autism, Down’s syndrome, or learning differences
- Kids who live in duplexes, houses, apartments, on farms, in subsidized housing, in gated communities, and at temporary shelters
- All of the above (and many more)
Of course, you’ve chosen “E!
Every kind of diversity and uniqueness is represented in our youth populations, and 4-H thrives on its reception to every child and teen who walks in the door. An important aspect of including all youth populations is by having volunteers who are representative of the diverse youth 4-H serves. 4-H runs on volunteers!
Polk County 4-H volunteers are adults and older teens who are committed to service, and more than 1,000 youth are served through clubs each year. However, many more kids in Polk County haven’t heard about 4-H and the only way to reach them is through additional volunteers willing to go where the youth are.
Do you live in or near a neighborhood of kids who speak a language other than English? Do you know a family with a child diagnosed with autism? Do you live in one of Polk’s urbanizing areas? If so, consider volunteering with 4-H as a way to reach youth that aren’t typically in the word-of-mouth network that knows about 4-H and the many opportunities available. Contact the 4-H office at 863-519-1041 in Polk County, or visit http://florida4h.org for contact information in other counties in Florida.