In this Issue:
  • 4-H Saves Lives: A Teen’s Trajectory to Thrive
  • From Learning to Leading: Jerrett Kandzer, a True Leader
  • Judging Teams Grow Workforce Skills
  • Ruth Ann Scurry Inducted into the Florida 4-H Hall of Fame
  • Volunteering Makes Good Sense
  • Collegiate 4-H: Growing #TrueLeaders Beyond High School
  • Reflections from Graduating 4-H Seniors
  • 4-H Alumni Growing the Next Generation of #TrueLeaders
  • Volunteers SPIN into 4-H and Find New Friends and Opportunities!
  • Spreading the “4-H Bug”
  • 4-H Alumni

    4-H Saves Lives: A Teen’s Trajectory to Thrive

    Many people know 4-H as the nation’s largest youth development organization. They may also know that 4-H programs focus on life skill development through experiential learning in a safe affirming environment. However, something many may not know is that 4-H, in many cases, is a LIFESAVER! 4-H saves lives daily through positive youth development provided to …

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    From Learning to Leading: Jerrett Kandzer, a True Leader

    As a 4-H Agent, one remembers many of their “firsts” on the job, i.e., their first day, their first fair, their first 4-H club meetings, etc.  For me in Holmes County 4-H, I was hired in the midst of a reorganization phase within the program.  I clearly remember meeting Jerrett Kandzer one of my first …

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    Judging Teams Grow Workforce Skills

    For parents who want their child to be prepared for the 21st century workforce, participating in a 4-H judging team may be the answer.  Several universities have recently published studies on the impacts 4-H judging teams have had on workforce readiness.  The University of Georgia surveyed over 1,300 4-H alumni who reported that judging programs …

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    Ruth Ann Scurry Inducted into the Florida 4-H Hall of Fame

      Please join us in congratulating Mrs. Ruth Ann Scurry, Jefferson County 4-H Club Leader and Volunteer, on being inducted into the 2016 University of Florida 4-H Hall of Fame.  Mrs. Scurry was one of only five individuals inducted this year, and the Florida 4-H Hall of Fame is the most prestigious award for Florida …

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    Volunteering Makes Good Sense

    In a world where so many things don’t make sense, Nate Grimsley has discovered something that does.  Ten years ago, Nate’s daughter won 1st place at the Leon County 4-H Tropicana Public Speaking Program and was awarded a full scholarship to Camp Cherry Lake.  Nate had attended camp at Cherry Lake as a camper decades …

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    Collegiate 4-H: Growing #TrueLeaders Beyond High School

    Did you know that you can extend your 4-H experience through your college years?  If you plan on attending college consider joining Collegiate 4-H.   Collegiate 4-H is an organization that provides its members with a sense of identity on campus, enriches their lives through group projects and recreation, and develops confidence and leadership skills. At …

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    Reflections from Graduating 4-H Seniors

    One of the most important milestones in one’s life is completing their high school education. Such is the case for Trey and Savannah, two bright young Jackson County 4-H members who are graduating this month. Both youth were asked to reflect upon their 4-H experience and share their thoughts in this week’s blog post. Trey joined …

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    4-H Alumni Growing the Next Generation of #TrueLeaders

    “First you are a part of it, then it becomes a part of you.” What better way to describe that inside “IT” factor that drives our 4-H Alumni to continue supporting our programming in order “To Make the Best Better.” In the case of the Walton County Cherokee Riders Horse Club, they are doubly blessed …

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    Volunteers SPIN into 4-H and Find New Friends and Opportunities!

    Many of our greatest relationships can be traced back to chance encounters. Evelyn Gonzalez and Becky Pengelly, the Leon County 4-H Sewing SPIN (Special Interest) Club Leaders, met by chance though the encouragement their 4-H Agent, Stefanie Prevatt. Evelyn learned of Leon County 4-H in the summer of 2014 through her service with the Tallahassee …

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    Spreading the “4-H Bug”

    Jerry is a retiree and currently volunteers in the 4-H learning gardens in Calhoun County, working as he is available. He also answers my many gardening questions and offers advice. I’m grateful for his commitment to the Calhoun County 4-H program, and am glad to share his 4-H story with you today in his own …

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