Friday, November 15, 2013

Positive Statewide Trends for Florida 4-H


More than 220,000 youth participate in the IFAS Extension 4-H Youth Development Program in counties throughout the state.  

Here are some notable, positive trends during the most recent reporting year for Florida 4-H (2012-13 data):

·        There were increases in 4-H club membership, camping, school enrichment, and after school programs:
4-H club enrollment increased 15 percent to 22,088 (from 19,158 last year) and the number of 4-H clubs increased by three percent.

Participation in 4-H camps increased 32 percent to 12,045 (from 9,141 last year).

Youth participated in 9,162 more 4-H projects than last year, an increase of three percent.

·        Number of 4-H volunteers (both youth and adults) increased 25 percent to 19,096 this year (from 15,244 last year).

·        Total 4-H enrollment remained fairly steady (222,942 youth participated; 229,723 including duplicates due to youth participating in multiple delivery modes such as clubs and camps).

Read more about the 4-H Impact at  

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

4-H teens take on health solutions for a healthier America

4-H teens take on health solutions for a healthier America
“Given today’s health challenges, it is vital that we empower America’s youth to step up and take on real life challenges like obesity, teen pregnancy, underage drinking and local food deserts,” said Donald T. Floyd, Jr., president and CEO, National 4-H Council. “We are grateful to Molina Healthcare for partnering with 4-H to give young people a platform to engage other youth and adults to create real-life solutions that improve health for themselves, their family, community and ultimately, the nation,” added Floyd.
The video challenge is one component of a multi-faceted campaign co-created by National 4-H Council and Molina Healthcare to empower American teens to step forward and raise their voices, posing solutions to today’s leading health issues. In the coming months, 4-H programs across the nation will be hosting Teens Take on Health town hall meetings, bringing young people together to discuss the top health issues they face and propose active solutions they can undertake to make a positive difference in their communities.
“Molina Healthcare is committed to improving the health of the communities we serve,” said Martha Bernadett, MD, executive vice president of research and innovation at Molina Healthcare, Inc. “We need to engage our young leaders if we want to make meaningful change, and this partnership with 4-H has given some of our brightest teens a platform to share their ideas and also the resources to implement them.”

Friday, November 1, 2013

State 4-H Events Coordinator to Start November 4

State 4-H Events Coordinator to Start November 4

We are pleased to announce that Travis Shepard has been hired as the new State 4-H Events Coordinator. Travis is a recent UF graduate with specializations in Recreation & Event Management and Tourism & Hospitality Management. He has experience working at J. Wayne Reitz Union Audio Visual Services as the Student Special Events Manager. As a University of Florida student, Travis was very involved in putting on on-campus productions for a variety of student organizations and has been a director of several that have had up to 2,000 attendees.  In addition, he has outside experience with RED Companies and has spear headed multiple projects, branded and promoted events, and worked with behind-the-scenes management and large budgets. Travis’ first day of work is Monday, November 4th and we are all very excited!  

Caleb Cheng appointed to National 4-H Council’s Board of Trustees

We are extremely proud to announce that Caleb Cheng from Palm Beach County 4-H has been selected to serve on the National 4-H Council’s Board of Trustees!

[Click here to download the media release...]

Caleb has been an active participant in 4-H for 14 years. He is currently a candidate to receive his International Baccalaureate Diploma in the spring, and then plans to major in finance when he enters the university. Caleb is a competitive state champion swimmer and national USA champion water polo player. He is actively involved in Student Government Association, Future Business Leaders of America, and Economic Leaders of America.
Recently we spoke with Caleb about this honor:

Tell us a little about the 4-H National Council Board of Trustees

National 4-H Council supports national and state 4-H programs with a focus on fundraising, brand management, communications, and legal and fiduciary services. Council also oversees National 4-H Youth Conference Center, and the National 4-H Supply Service, the authorized agent for items bearing the 4-H Name and Emblem. National 4-H Council is governed by its own Board of Trustees, made up of The Public Class – corporate executives and other private citizens from a wide array of backgrounds, The State Cooperative Extension & Land-grant Institution Class – representatives from 4-H, Extension, and land-grant universities, and The Youth Class including recent 4-H Alumni.

What does being appointed to this board mean to you?

Having demonstrated my passion and call to service over the past 14 years of my life in 4-H from leadership positions to community service projects, service on the national level for the largest youth development organization in the world; being appointed is both a great accomplishment and a moment I will remember forever.

What are your expectations?

My passion for service is only growing, and I plan to take the skills I attained through my leadership experiences in Florida 4-H to the national level in hopes to positively impact a wider array of youth across the country and possibly internationally.

What are some of your Florida 4-H highlights thus far?  What projects have you participated in?

Serving as Florida 4-H State Council Treasurer is definitely a highlight I cherish. As Treasurer, I designed and implemented statewide fundraisers that raised several thousand dollars in one year for the state council. I did this by attaining two corporate sponsorships from SAM’s club and a local design firm to initiate three statewide fundraisers including the sale of coupon books in 16 cities across Florida, the sale of flowers at 4-H state events, and the sale of a 4-H yearbook. The money will be used to reduce the cost of state events for 4-H’ers, in hopes to increase participation throughout the state so that Florida 4-H can impact a wider range of youth.

[Click here to read more from the Florida 4-H press room...]

In terms of educating youth, what issues are important to you?

As a varsity state athlete in two sports and a national USA Water Polo champion, health education is particularly important to me. With childhood obesity on the rise, I feel it is necessary to educate youth on healthy lifestyles. As a trained United Health Care Teen Ambassador, I taught UHC health lessons across the state and worked at the UHC Teen Health Summit to educate youth on the importance of healthily lifestyles.

Be it that Florida 4-H is the statewide youth development program of UF IFAS Extension, what opportunities has that afforded you?

Given the large scope of opportunities 4-H offers to youth across the state, Florida 4-H provided me unlimited opportunities to serve. Throughout my high school career I have served in numerous leadership positions from the county to state level and have completed countless service projects all thanks to the opportunities 4-H has provided me. Many people today fail to realize that service to their community not only benefits those that receive the service, but those that give it. Service has taught me the importance of leadership for the development of crucial life skills and that I can truly make a positive impact on the world around me. Florida 4-H has not only enabled me to serve others, but it has provided an opportunity to develop important skills that are not taught in school. Communication, commitment, and confidence are among the skills I have acquired in experiences serving others. 4-H has taught me that I can truly make an impact on my community in ways I could have never imagined.