4-H Council Using Grant to Clean Up the County
4-H is a youth education program which provides youth ages 5-18 the opportunity to learn life skills while exploring projects such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), leadership, healthy living, and citizenship/leadership. You can become a member of 4-H by joining a Community 4-H Club, participating in a short term Special Interest Program, participating as an independent member or by being part of a 4-H School Enrichment Classroom Project.
Seminole County 4-H Council
The purpose of the Seminole County 4-H Council is to enable its members to work in harmony with one another for the best interests of the individual and the 4-H community. Personal development of leadership skills is the goal. The County Council is responsible for planning and carrying out county level 4-H activities and events. The Council is comprised of 4-H members from across the county and include 9 officers.
Using Grant Money to Improve the Community
This past December the 2017-2018 Council Officer Team applied and was approved for a $300 Community Pride Grant from Florida 4-H. The Council will be using this money to help fund two community service projects that will be completed in spring of 2018. Youth voted to focus their project on helping to clean up debris and trash still remaining after Hurricane Irma. The officer team will be completing a waterway clean up with the goal of collecting several sounds of trash in and along a specific body of water in Seminole County, Florida.
The second community service project will be open to all Seminole County 4-H members and District VIII 4-H members. The 4-H Council has been working in conjunction with the Seminole County SERV program. The Seminole Education, Restoration and Volunteer (SERV) Program works to actively restore and educate people on how to protect the waterways and natural areas of Seminole County. The 4-H Council along with the county SERV Coordinator is working to develop a community service project focused on youth education of invasive species followed by an invasive species removal. The 4-H Council’s goal for this service project is for participating 4-H members to be able to identify two native and two non-native plant species by the end of the project. This project will not only teach youth about Florida’s environment but will also promote community service and healthy living through outdoor activities.
Florida 4-H State Service Project
This 4-H Community Service project aligns with the current Florida 4-H State Service Project L.I.F.E. The purpose of the “Living in Florida’s Environment” project is to exemplify the “Green” aspect of 4-H by protecting and healing the most important natural resource, our home, Earth.
For more information about Seminole County 4-H please visit our website at http://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/departments-services/leisure-services/extension-services/4-h-youth-development/
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