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Kim and Tom Massagee Scholarship

If you've been involved in Alachua 4-H, then you have probably interacted with Kim or Tom. Kim lead the Archer Trailblazer Club in Alachua County but their effect on youth was throughout the state especially in the dairy program. In 2019, we lost Kim suddenly and then in September of 2020, Tom got to see Kim again. In their honor, we are establishing this scholarship fund. Funds will be given to active 4-H dairy youth who are going to college or technical school.

To donate, please make checks payable to Alahua County 4-H and mail them to the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office, at 160 SW 140 Terrace, Suite 3, Jonesville, FL 32669. If you have any questions please email Amanda at

 About 4-H & General Resources

4-H Motto - To Make the Best Better

4-H Slogan - Learning By Doing

4-H Pledge - I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living. For my club, my community, my country and my world.

4-H Mission - The Florida 4-H Youth Development program uses as learn-by-doing approach and caring adults to help youth grain the knowledge and life skills they need to be productive, responsible citizens. To achieve its mission, Florida 4-H accesses the expertise and resources of the Univeristy of Florida as well as a nationwide network of Cooperative Extension Service faculty and staff.

4-H Vision - Florida 4-H aspires to be the leading youth development program that creates positive change in youth families, and communities.

4-H Creed - I believe in 4-H Club work for the opportunity it will give me to become a useful citizen.  I believe in the training of my HEAD for the power it will give me to think, plan and to reason.  I believe in the training of my HEART for the nobleness it will give me to be kind, sympathetic and true.  I believe in the training of my HANDS for the ability it will give me to be helpful, skillful, and useful.  I believe in the training of my HEALTH for the strength it will give me to enjoy life, to resist disease, and to work efficiently. I believe in my country, my state, and my community and in my responsibility for their development.  In all these things I believe, and am willing to dedicate my efforts to their fulfillment.

About 4-H - All 4-H events should foster an opportunity to promote Positive Youth Development (PYD) among young people. The 4-H program does this by providing a holistic approach to working with young people by respecting multiple learning styles, personalities, and motivations. Additionally, all 4-H programs should be implemented following an Experiential Learning approach. 4-H programs should give members positive, meaningful experiences and promote life skill development.

Strong county programs are foundational to the success of 4-H programming. District, State, and National Events complement county programs by offering many exciting opportunities ranging from educational conferences, workshops, and camps to competitive exhibitions, demonstrations, public speaking, and judging events. District and State Events should emphasize and support the county/club level program. All 4-H events and activities should be designed to allow youth to:

  • gain experience and develop skills in gathering, absorbing, preparing, and presenting educational information
  • enhance decision making capabilities
  • make public presentations
  • learn standards by which comparisons are drawn
  • develop good sportsmanship

4-H professionals, volunteers, and parents are encouraged to keep competitive events in the proper perspective, making sure the event or award does not become an end in itself. The emphasis should be placed on providing an educational experience for the 4-Her and not on the importance of winning an award.

The Targeting Life Skills Model guides all of our 4-H programming. For each event or program, we identify the life skills that we want to focus on. So, for example, a science based program will teach science, but it might also teach critical thinking, contributions to group effort, keeping records, and marketable skills.


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Contact Us:
UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County
106 SW 140 Terrace, Suite 3
Jonesville, FL 32669

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.