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4-H Youth


4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. 4-H is a non-formal, practical educational program for youth, ages 5-18. Florida 4-H is the youth development program of Florida Cooperative Extension, a part of the University of Florida IFAS. The Florida 4-H Youth Development Program uses a learn-by-doing approach and caring adults to help youth gain the knowledge and life skills they need to be productive, responsible citizens. 

Manatee County 4-H consists of a variety of programs that teach youth life skills to help them grow to be successful adults. 


Alexandra Draper, 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent II

Phone: (941) 722-4524  ext. 1844


4-H Blogs

Are you thankful? Do you let others know?

Are you thankful? Do you show it?  It is the time of year that many people talk about being thankful.  However, do you ever tell anyone thank you or that you appreciate them? As 4-H members, we often write thank-you letters to our buyers and...

Where are my receipts?

It is that time of year again. Everyone is purchasing their 2023 show animals. Do you have a system for how you will keep up with all of your receipts? Remember, part of your 4-H project animal record book is a profit/loss statement. How will you...

What will your 4-H routine be?

September 1, 2022, is the official start of the new 4-H year. Like the start of a new year, is there something you want to do differently this year in your club or project? Do you have a plan for how to do that? Do you have a 4-H routine? Now is...


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