4-H is a community of young people, across the nation, learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. It is the largest youth development organization in the world!
4-H is open to all youth, ages 5-18, determined as of September 1 of the current 4-H program year. Eligibility for enrolled 4-H members (those who have met previously stated enrollment criteria) is determined by the youth’s age as of September 1 of the current 4-H program year, which runs September 1 through August 31. Any exceptions are noted under participation criteria defined for the event. Generally, age classifications for most 4-H events and activities are the following:
Ages 5 – 7: Cloverbud Division
Children under 8 years of age on September 1 of the current 4-H year are ineligible to participate in competitive activities at any level (club, county, district, state, national or international). 5-7-year old’s may exhibit or share project activities at a participation level against a predefined standard. Feedback and participation awards may be given to this group, but they are not permitted to be involved in peer-to-peer competition. Cloverbuds may not work with or show large animal projects (e.g. horse, swine, beef, goat, dairy, llama, sheep, or ostrich) at any 4-H related event. This policy does not prohibit 5-7-year old’s from learning about large animals through attendance at meetings or field trips. They cannot participate, however, in 4-H activities that bring them in contact with large animals due to safety and insurance considerations.
Ages 8 – 10: Junior Division
Any youth 8-10 years old as of September 1 of the current 4-H program year is considered a junior.
Ages 11 – 13: Intermediate Division
Any youth 11-13 years old as of September 1 of the current 4-H program year is considered an intermediate.
Ages 14 – 18: Senior Division
Any youth 14-18 years old as of September 1 of the current 4-H program year is considered a senior.
4-H in Jackson County
Jackson County is growing more and more every day! However, we can’t continue to grow without volunteers! Please contact the 4-H office ASAP if you are interested in becoming a club leader and volunteer to contribute to the success of the Jackson County 4-H Youth Development program. You can provide direct service to youth through organizational leadership and supervision for a group of 4-H club members and project leaders in an atmosphere which reflects educational quality, teamwork, and cooperation. Together with youth and other volunteers, you coordinate club activities, give guidance and direction, and serve as the primary contact person for the club with the Jackson County Extension staff and the Florida 4-H program. THE YOUTH OF JACKSON COUNTY NEED YOU! Please consider sharing your gift and BECOME A VOLUNTEER!
Start a Club in Your Community!
Jackson County 4-H needs caring and committed volunteers to lead 4-H Clubs. If you enjoy working with children and would like to learn more about leading a 4-H Club, contact 4-H Agent, Angel Granger, at (850) 482-9620 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why join a 4-H Club?
Clubs are the foundation of the 4-H program and offer members opportunities to build leadership and citizenship skills by electing officers, conducting project-related activities, holding business meetings, and working together on community-service projects.
Research shows that youth development programs, like 4-H, play an important and vital role in the lives of young people. According to the finding in the most recent report from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development, 4-H youth are:
- 2x as likely to go to college
- 2x as likely to pursue careers in science
- more likely to make healthier choices, be physically active and avoid risky behavior
- 3x as likely to give back to their communities
What do 4-H members do?
Fun and educational activities are planned for each meeting by adult volunteer leaders. Some common activities include camping, fishing, drama presentations, science projects, and horse-related programs.
Project books, field days, talent shows, fairs, and contests provide members with opportunities to learn new skills and make new friends.
When do they meet?
Jackson County 4-H clubs meet at least six (6) times per year.
To enroll in 4-H as a volunteer or to enroll a youth, visit 4HOnline or stop the 4-H Office.
Contact the 4-H Agent
How is 4-H Supported?
4-H is part of the Cooperative Extension Service based on the land grant University system. 4-H is supported through grants, fundraising, donations and through county and state programs. The combined efforts of county, state, and federal governments support 4-H to provide educational, research-based programs for everyday living and the development of life skills. Local businesses and civic organizations also help fund the 4-H program in their area. Programs and activities are conducted through a partnership of local community volunteers and professional staff. The enrollment fee is $20.
What do 4-Hers do?
4-H members participate in the program through one or more of the following delivery methods?: Organized 4-H Clubs School Enrichment Programs Special Interest Programs (workshops, day camps, etc) 4-H Camps Individual Study (member at-large)
What Experiences Does 4-H Provide for Youth?
Project Experiences - working individually or in groups youth select topics of interest in which they study and learn. A 4-H project is a series of learning experiences within an area of interest (such as leadership, marine science, horses, etc). You may come in to the 4-H Office for information regarding project areas, or visit the Florida 4-H page for project area details.
Group Experiences - 4-Hers participate in groups through club meetings, classrooms, project meetings, or organized events, which provide an environment to learn leadership and group social skills.
4-H Events and Activities - specialized 4-H events are designed and conducted to support the 4-Her at the local, county, district, state, and national levels. These may be competitive or non-competitive in nature. At the club level- local clubs often plan and conduct their own events (family picnics, field trips, fund-raising, or community service activities).
At the county, district, state, and national levels- county or state faculty plan and conduct many specialized events to enhance and support local 4-Hers. Such events may include day camps, residential camps, workshops, clinics, and competitive events.
What are the Advantages of Being in 4-H?
4-H offers flexible programming to meet youth needs by emphasizing skill building processes and effective outcomes through activities that promote positive values, social responsibility, and lifelong learning. Young people involved in 4-H have the opportunity to: develop as an individual, learn life skills related to projects, make new friends, work with adult volunteers, develop pride as they learn by doing, and develop leadership skills.