4-H Youth & Development

Marnie Ward

4-H has grown into a community of 6 million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.

4-H can be found in every county in every state, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and over 80 countries around the world.

Lecanto Levi'sThe Lecanto Levi’s 4-H Club held their 13th Annual CASI Chili Cook-Off for charity in October.

The funds raised were donated to 3 local charities. Mrs. Cara Meeks accepted the check for the Citrus County Anti-Drug Coalition.

4-H is a Youth Development Organization that belongs to the members, their families and other interested adults who serve as volunteer leaders. Professional leadership is given to the program by Cooperative Extension Service faculty of the University of Florida. Support for 4-H programs is a joint effort of local county government, the University of Florida and the United States Department of Agriculture.

4-H is young people sharing, doing and learning together in all kinds of projects, events and activities in informal situations with guidance of their families and other volunteer adult leaders. Regardless of the structure, a 4-H group may involve 4-H families, neighbors, relatives and others. They will have fun learning and working together in the home, neighborhood and community.

Members choose projects that fit them and the places where they live. Group activities and events such as contests, trips, camps, fairs, shows and conferences provide additional opportunities and learning experiences.

Most 4-H clubs have meetings once or twice a month. During these business meetings, decisions are made relative to group sponsored activities, community service efforts, project opportunities, fund-raising efforts, etc.

How your children will benefit from 4-H:

Through the eyes of a youngster - a 4-H'er will:

  • Learn, make, or do things that are appealing and are meaningful to them
  • Make friends, belong to a group, and give and receive acceptance and affection
  • Have a good time, which makes learning appealing and enjoyable


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