Volunteering In The Panhandle

4-H Grows Creativity through Robotics Programs

A scribble bot was built by a team of Gadsden County 4-Hers during the “It’s Alive! Junk Drawer Robotics Day Camp.” More than 60 youth participated in the district Junk Drawer Robotics Challenge this summer. Everyone has a measure of creativity in them but how we express our creativity is our choice. What is creativity? …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/10/23/4-h-grows-creativity-through-robotics-programs/

Growing Civic Engagement through 4-H

Civic engagement is a broad term that describes the process developing the knowledge, skills, and motivation to improve the quality of life in a community, through either political or non-political processes. Thomas Ehrlich, the author of Civic Engagement and Higher Education, states “a morally and civically responsible individual recognizes himself or herself as a member …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/10/16/growing-civic-engagement-through-4-h/

4-H Grows Responsibility

Noah, a Holmes County 4-H member, is learning responsibility through the 4-H Chick Chain project. Regardless of the age-old debate, “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” one thing is certain- raising chickens is a big responsibility. One of the newest and most creative ways that some of our Florida 4-Hers are learning the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/10/09/4-h-grows-responsibility/

4-H Grows Character

Growing up, we lived on a farm. At the age of 8, and not weighing much more than 50 pounds, my dad called me outside to a relatively small pen that he had fenced off the weekend before. He taught ag, so farming was more of a hobby for us, but this was something new. I noticed …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/10/08/4-h-grows-character/

4-H Grows Curiosity

Today is 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) – a day dedicated to engaging kids with science through a hands-on science experiment. This year’s experiment – Motion Commotion – will be conducted by thousands of kids across the nation as they will learn about physics, speed and safety. 4-H has been fostering curiosity about science …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/10/07/4-h-grows-curiosity/

4-H Grows Compassion

4-Her Isaac Brooks helped prepare meals for hospice patients as part of his 4-H Community Service Project. With 4-H’s long history of community service and service learning built into the structure of the club model, 4-H members are poised to develop skills that make them highly valued students and eventually adults. And while grades and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/10/06/4-h-grows-compassion/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/10/05/4-h-grows-confidence/

It All Began with Ag…

4-H began with agriculture in 1902 and over the past 100 years has grown to help youth learn about everything from agriculture to aerospace. 4-H began with the seed of an idea. In 1902, America needed folks to embrace new advances in agriculture. But leaders with open minds, strong hearts and willing hands weren’t in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/10/01/it-all-began-with-ag/

Understanding the 4-H Project

4-H Projects are about developing blue ribbon youth rather than blue ribbon projects. Make a Difference Monday, our online volunteer training series, kicked off this past Monday night!  This year’s series focuses on helping youth develop a sense of Mastery, one of the Essential Elements of a positive youth development.  Mastery is all about building …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/09/25/understanding-the-4-h-project/

Time Saving Tips for the Kitchen

My husband calls me the one-trip-wonder because of my stubborn refusal to make more than one trip in from the car regardless of the size or number of items needing to be carried in.  I know he thinks I’m crazy, but really, who has time to make 27 trips from the car to the house?  I guess it’s …

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