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4H and Youth Development


4H is the only university-based youth development program in the nation. It is an educational activity for youth sponsored cooperatively through the US Department of Agriculture, the University of Florida, and Pasco County. 4H is a fun, educational program for young people ages 5-18. 4H provides educational experiences through a "learn by doing" approach and helps young people acquire knowledge, develop life skills, and form attitudes to enable them to become self-directed, productive, and contributing members of society. Since 1909, the 4H program has been geared toward the positive development of the "Head, Heart, Hands, and Health" of our youth. The 4H program is the largest educational youth organization free to all participants. There could be a 4H club in your neighborhood....or you could start one yourself. To learn more about being a member of 4H or being a leader of a 4H club, give us a call any weekday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the following number: (P)352-518-0156: Jean Hink, 4H Agent,


About 4H and Youth Development

In 4H young people have the opportunity to "experience" through "hands-on" learning and discovery in project areas such as foods and nutrition, sewing, hiking, citizenship, community service, photography, large and small animals, lap animals, horses, and more. Older 4H members develop leadership skills by assisting and instructing younger 4H members. Read More...


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Learn about how youth can participate in several hundred different project areas: citizenship, communications and expressive arts, performing arts, visual arts, photography, child care and babysitting, natural resources and environmental education, recycling, gardening and ornamental horticulture, and much more.

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History of 4H

In the late 1800s the idea of 4H was born when one-acre corn contests were organized for boys in various parts of the nation. The first 4H program that was affiliated with a University as we know it today began in Holmes County, Mississippi in 1907. A school superintendent organized 120 boys in a corn contest through sponsorship of the Mississippi State College of Agriculture. Read More...