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4-H Youth Development


4-H is America's largest non-formal Educational program for youth, annually reaching approximately 6.5 million young people. The educational programs help children develop inquiring minds, learn practical skills, strengthen decision making abilities, improve communications and interpersonal relationships, and share their skills in leadership roles. Through hands-on, learn-by-doing activities, youth establish real-life goals and develop life skills enabling them to become competent, productive citizens. Today's 4-H program is for all youth - both rural and urban from all racial, cultural, economic and social backgrounds.


The main Goal of 4-H in Sumter County is to teach Life Skills through non-formal education. This means that youth should learn through Hands-On Experiences versus attending lectures and reading textbooks. Life Skills are those skills that help youth become more productive citizens for the future. Life Skills are responsibility, goal setting, time management, organization, communication, etc.


Volunteers are the backbone of Florida 4-H. Make a difference in the life of a young person today by signing up to volunteer with Sumter County 4-H.

Events and Activities

4-H Events and Activities are supportive of the 4-H projects that Youth enroll in. Events and Activities are mostly volunteer lead and provide youth an opportunity to showcase their achievements and accomplishments in a 4-H project.