August is Primary Election month across the state of Florida. In Wakulla County, a number of elections will be decided during the August voting period. These offices will not appear on the November ballot. Historically, voter turnout for the August election has been low.
Learning Civic Engagement Through 4-H
In 4-H, youth have the opportunity to engage in a number of civic engagement activities. Through programs such as 4-H Day in the Capitol and 4-H Legislature, youth have the opportunity to learn how government works and how to be an engaged citizen.
Volunteer club leaders saw an opportunity for youth to demonstrate their public speaking skills and learn how to communicate through technology. Additionally, leaders saw a chance for youth to perform service to the community. Through videos, youth can create and share messages about the importance of voting.
Accepting the Challenge
With these opportunities in mind, club leaders will post videos this week to challenge 4-H youth. To accept the challenge, youth can make their own three minute video to explain why it is important to vote in August.
During the first week in August, youth videos will be posted for viewing on the Wakulla 4-H Facebook page. Everyone can vote for their favorite video during that week. Participating youth have two opportunities to win the challenge: (1) as a Facebook favorite or (2) through judging based on a criterion point system.
For challenge rules and scoring guidelines, please contact your 4-H club leader or 4-H agent Rachel Pienta.
The winners will be announced during the third week of August. Prizes include gift cards and ribbons. For more information, call 4-H agent Rachel Pienta at 850-926-3931 or email her at email@example.com.