By Geralyn Sachs
The St. Johns County 4-H Youth Development Program is starting off a new 4-H year by inviting youth and their parents to the 4-H Club Enrollment Kick Off Open House on Thursday, Aug. 22, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the St. Johns County Extension Office, located at 3125 Agricultural Center Drive. Families will have the opportunity to learn more about 4-H and all it has to offer.
4-H is a youth development program for youth aged five to 18 (as of Sept. 1t) that focuses on the development of life skills, citizenship and leadership. 4-H has been around for more than 100 years and provides opportunities for youth to use their Head, Heart, Hands and Health to positively develop into competent, caring and contributing citizens. There are a variety of 4-H clubs throughout St. Johns County and numerous schools that participate in 4-H in the classroom projects (public speaking and chicken embryology). Visit http://stjohns.ifas.ufl.edu/4-H.shtml for club and enrollment information. There is a $20 membership fee for youth, aged eight – 18, who join a community club and some clubs may charge an additional fee for project supplies.
Caring adult leaders are also being recruited. Call the 4-H office at (904) 209-0430 to learn more.
4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. As one of our nation’s oldest, yet most current organizations, 4-H is reaching millions of young people with positive youth development opportunities. 4-H and all programs and related activities sponsored for, or assisted by, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are open to all persons with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations.
Photo courtesy St. Johns County 4-H Youth Development Program
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