Youth can get involved in Florida 4-H many different ways:
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.* 4HOnline Enrollment for the 2017-2018 4-H year will begin August 17, 2017. All current youth members and adult volunteers will need to re-enroll in 4HOnline on August 17. New members should wait until August 17 to enroll to avoid having to complete the enrollment process twice. The new program year officially begins September 1, 2017.
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!