In this Issue:
  • 4-H Saves Lives: A Teen’s Trajectory to Thrive
  • From Learning to Leading: Jerrett Kandzer, a True Leader
  • Life Lessons Learned at Camp
  • 4-H Grows Leaders Through Military Partnership
  • 4-H Teen Retreat: Growing Leaders with Help from Farm Credit
  • Florida 4-H Club Grows Compassion through Community Pride Grant
  • The Impact of Teen Volunteers As Camp Counselors
  • Teens as volunteers

    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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    Life Lessons Learned at Camp

    Its official- summer camp season has started, which inspired me to ponder my own childhood camp experiences and how different they were from what 4-H offers.  My first youth camping experience was not fun, but it also was not through a positive youth development program (gasp!).  That’s right- although I have been a 4-H professional …

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    4-H Grows Leaders Through Military Partnership

    The month of April provides an opportunity to recognize and honor the service of our youngest heroes, military children. Since 1986, April has been designated Month of the Military Child. This allows us to acknowledge the significant role military youth play in our communities and honor them for their commitment and sacrifice. They are resilient …

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    4-H Teen Retreat: Growing Leaders with Help from Farm Credit

    Each summer Florida 4-H camps are bustling with 4-H volunteers, staff, and youth enjoying their week long residential camping experience. As a significant delivery mode in experiential learning, residential camping annually is home to nearly 4000 youth participants and 250 volunteers and agents. Within this mixture are some very important teens that give up their …

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    Florida 4-H Club Grows Compassion through Community Pride Grant

    There are many genetic traits you’re born with that can’t be changed.  But what about traits such as compassion and empathy?  Can they be learned?  A new study conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows that adults can indeed be trained to be more compassionate and empathetic.  But rather than wait until adulthood to grow …

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    The Impact of Teen Volunteers As Camp Counselors

    Most of us are familiar with the need for our teens to become more independent, better communicators, and to develop good decision making skills.  A quick scan of the news headlines can really make one wonder about the future of our community, country, and world.  This post will help relieve your anxieties!  One of the ways that …

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