In this Issue:
  • Benefits of Competition
  • Reflections from Graduating Seniors: Kheica Jones
  • 4-H Alumnae Reconnect through Love of Horses
  • Grow Confidence with Blue Ribbon 4-H Public Presentations
  • Tips for Healthier Holiday Cooking
  • 4-H Grows Confidence
  • Communication

    Benefits of Competition

    From its beginning, the 4-H program has used a system of clubs and competitive activities to promote learning and the development of specific skills of 4-H members (Ladewig & Thomas, 1987). Sometimes competition is viewed negatively.  Florida 4-H does not believe that competition is beneficial for youth under the age of eight, but for older …

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    Reflections from Graduating Seniors: Kheica Jones

    I will never forget the day Kheica and little sister walked into the Jefferson County Extension Office interested in doing a 4-H Demonstration at County Events. Two shy and very timorous little girls.  Perhaps they could organize their presentation, but the thought of presenting it in front of an audience- no way! They proved me …

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    4-H Alumnae Reconnect through Love of Horses

    Russell and Julie McMillian both grew up in Gulf County and together have established a thriving business based on their love of horses.  They now own a small farm in Dalkeith, just south of Wewahitchka, and their business Rockin’ M Ranch, consists of horseback riding lessons for beginners and beach rides for tourists and locals …

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    Grow Confidence with Blue Ribbon 4-H Public Presentations

    A 2001 Gallup poll found that 40% of Americans suffer from glossophobia, or fear of public speaking.  This statistic inspired the famous joke by stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld that at most funerals, “the average person would prefer to be the one in the casket rather than the one delivering the eulogy.”  Fortunately, 4-H offers an easy …

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    Tips for Healthier Holiday Cooking

    The holidays are often filled with time-honored traditions that include some of our favorite meals and foods. As you celebrate, think of little changes you can make this holiday season to create healthier meals and active days. An added bonus, these small changes may help you to avoid those extra holiday pounds we all fear …

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    4-H Grows Confidence

    It is no secret that communication is a skill that is in high demand in the workplace. It is also a skill that requires confidence. That is one of the reasons why the Florida 4-H Positive Youth Development program intentionally targets the life skills of communication and confidence through every project and program. One program …

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