More than 400 Florida 4‐H youth and volunteers from as far south as Miami-Dade County and as far northwest as Escambia County arrived in Tallahassee Wednesday. 4-H day at the Capitol, an annual state event, took place April 23rd. Participants were adorned in “4-H green” shirts with the words “100 years of Extension”. 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the Florida partnership between state, federal, and county governments to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public.
During 4-H Day at the Capitol, youth demonstrated their knowledge of what’s going on in their communities and the challenges they face. Participants met with lawmakers and other elected officials including Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam and Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera.
4-H Day at the Capitol gives 4-H youth and volunteers the opportunity to share with their legislators and government officials the positive impacts of the Florida 4-H Program and learn more about how government works. In the 2012-2013 4-H year, Florida 4-H youth completed over 140,000 projects in the area of citizenship and leadership development. “4-H Day at the Capitol is a wonderful opportunity to teach our youth about the importance of the process of our governmental bodies as well as teaching our community and legislators the importance of youth voice,” said Becky Bennett, Madison County Extension 4-H Youth Development Agent.
Founded in 1909, the Florida 4‐H Youth Development Program works annually with more than 220,000 young people, ages 5‐18, and nearly 19,000 volunteers. Headquartered in Gainesville; Florida 4-H is the statewide youth development program of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.