Membership age of youth participation is determined by the youth’s age as of September 1 of the current program year (September 1 – August 31). The minimum age of a 4-H’er is 5 years old and the maximum age for a 4-H’er is 18 years old, or completion of high school, whichever comes first. Youth whose membership age is beyond 18 who have qualified for a National Contest (as a culminating event for their project learning) shall be eligible to participate in the event as long as they qualify as per National Contest policies. Youth classified as an “exceptional student” and thus determined eligible for a special program by the State Board of Education [Florida Statute 1003.01(3)(a)] shall be eligible to participate in 4-H until the age of 21 years old (National 4-H upper age limit) or completion of high school, whichever comes first.
Eligibility for enrolled 4-H members 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.
4 Steps for Youth to Get Involved in Florida 4-H
2. Contact your local County Extension Office to learn about 4-H clubs and activities in your county.
3. When you are ready to participate in Florida 4-H, ask your parents to complete a Florida 4-H Youth Enrollment online at 4HOnline.*
The Florida 4-H Youth Development Program requires an annual $20.00 membership fee for Community Club Members 4-H ages 8-18.**
4. Prepare for your first 4-H activity and plan to meet new friends, learn cool things and have fun!
**Some counties may charge a different fee amount.
Adult volunteers play an important role in the 4-H program. They mentor 4-H youth, coordinate local community clubs, and help to plan and run events. Learn how to get started and receive training to be a 4-H volunteer.
- 1. Decide that you want to help kids grow and explore their futures.
- 2. Check out some of the different volunteer experiences (volunteer roles) with Florida 4-H.
- 3. Contact your local County Extension Office to learn about 4-H in your county and discuss your possibilities with your 4-H Agent.
- 4. Choose a volunteer role and complete a Volunteer Application through 4HOnline.*
- 5. After you receive your official appointment letter, attend a county orientation and training.
- 6. Prepare to share your skills, knowledge and talents while having Fun with kids!
*Paper applications are available for those without Internet access.
*Background screenings are a part of the Volunteer Application process.
Collegiate 4-H is open to all college students who wish to support youth and the 4-H program. It is not necessary to have prior 4-H experience, only to have an interest in the 4-H ideals and in serving your community. Learn More
Are you a former 4-Her? Doesn’t matter if you grew up in Florida or recently arrived. Have you worked with 4-H, or are you a past volunteer? Become a part of our 4-H State Alumni Database where you’ll learn what 4-H youth are doing today and how you can remain part of the 4-H family. If you’re a young alum, also consider joining Collegiate 4-H. Learn More
With programs in every county across Florida, Florida 4-H is looking for passionate professionals to join our team—and our movement. Our dedicated professionals work toward fulfilling our mission—to empower youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults. Learn More
To view available internship opportunities, click here.
4-H’ers everywhere are pursuing their passions, accomplishing the extraordinary and meeting new challenges head on. You are key to their success! By giving to 4-H, you open the door for young people to discover the best within themselves and to make a positive impact in their communities and the world. Learn More
With 6 million youth, 540,000 volunteers, 3,500 professionals, and more than 60 million alumni, 4-H supports young people in every county in America in programs designed to shape future leaders and innovators. A partnership with 4-H will drive your business and philanthropic objectives. Learn More
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