Friday, February 22, 2013

Florida 4-H pushes to reach big registration goal for annual 4-H Day at the Capitol event

This year, Florida reached a milestone, marking the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de Leon’s arrival on Florida’s east coast.
To commemorate that anniversary, Florida 4-H has come up with a goal related to the number 500: The UF-based organization hopes to bring 500 green-shirted young people to the state’s government headquarters in Tallahassee for its annual 4-H Day at the Capitol event on March 14.
“4-H Day at the Capitol is a unique event because it isn’t just about being at the capitol and looking at the legislative chambers, but it is about understanding what is taking place within those chambers,” said Jordan Callaham, state 4-H events coordinator.
The event has drawn about 400 4-H youth in recent years, but event organizers hope to add 100 to their ranks this year, Callaham said.
Participants will take part in mock legislative sessions, observe government at work, watch the state’s Supreme Court, or any of a number of other activities designed to enlighten them about government.
The 4-H’ers also will have the chance to meet and talk with elected officials.
4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization and has more than 230,000 members in Florida. 4-H is part of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.