4-H Impact

4-H is the only youth development program with direct access to technological advances from university research.

According to the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development conducted by Tufts University young people in 4-H:

  • Report better grades, higher levels of academic competence, and an elevated level of engagement at school.
  • Are nearly two times more likely to plan to go to college
  • Are more likely to pursue future courses in a career in science, engineering, or computer technology.

The UF/IFAS Extension Florida 4-H Youth Development Program uses a learn-by-doing approach to help youth gain the knowledge and skills they need to be responsible, productive citizens.  This mission is accomplished by creating safe and inclusive learning environments, involving caring adults, and utilizing the expertise and resources of the University of Florida and the nationwide land grant university system.

During the 2013-14 program year, Florida 4-H reached over 206,000 youth, ages 5-18, through 4-H clubs, school enrichment, camping, school age child care programs, etc.—with the help of more than 16,000 volunteers trained by Extension/4-H faculty statewide. Here are some notable, positive trends based off of recent county enrollment reports:

  • 4-H community club enrollment increased 4 percent to 18,506 (from 17,844 last year).
  • Participation in Special Interest and Short-Term Programs increased 15 percent to 27,309 (from 23,574).

Complete annual enrollment reports for each county and the Seminole tribe are posted at http://florida4h.org/about/impact/ES237.

 

Take a deeper look at the impact Florida 4-H’ers are making:

 

State stories:
Shaumond Scott
352-294-2911
scottsa@ufl.edu
County stories:
Contact your county 4-H agent
General information:
fourh@ifas.ufl.edu