4-H Youth Development
4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. Over 230,000 members in the State of Florida help to make up the community of more than 6.5 million young people across America. 4-H is a nonformal, practical educational program for youth. Florida 4-H is the youth development program of Florida Cooperative Extension, a part of the University of Florida IFAS. 4-H is open to all youth, ages 5-18, determined as of September 1 of the current 4-H program year and open to all counties in the State of Florida. 4-H serves youth from all backgrounds and interests.
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.
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.