4-H Youth Development


4-H is a youth development organization that empowers young people to reach their full potential through engagement in programs such as Animal Science, Plant and Environmental Science, Robotics, Healthy Living, Leadership and more. The 4-H program is delivered primarily through community clubs, after-school programs, and school enrichment. Extension Agents and staff support a system of volunteers dedicated to the 4-H mission of positive youth development. Orange County 4-H is the local affiliate of Florida 4-H and a division of UF/IFAS Extension.

What is 4-H?

The UF/IFAS Extension 4-H Youth Development Program uses a learn-by-doing approach to help youth gain the knowledge and skills they need to be responsible, productive citizens. This mission is accomplished by creating safe and inclusive learning environments, involving caring adults, and utilizing the expertise and resources of the University of Florida and the nationwide land grant university system.

4-H Volunteers

Orange County 4-H relies upon hundreds of volunteers to deliver meaningful 4-H experiences to youth in all program and project areas. The 4-H Agent faculty and staff screen and support these volunteers in their roles as well as facilitate county 4-H events and opportunities. Contact the Orange County 4-H Office to learn how to become a volunteer.

4-H Youth Membership and Project Areas

4-H has three major project areas: S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Healthy Living and Citizenship/Leadership. Under these heading are hundreds of project topics for 4-H member involvement. 4-H works with University faculty to develop research-based educational curriculum that is both age-appropriate and useful for club or classroom delivery.