From the Seminole County Newsroom

Every year, National 4-H Week sees millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni come together to celebrate the many positive youth development opportunities offered by 4-H. The theme for this year’s National 4-H Week, Opportunity4All, is a campaign that was created by National 4-H Council to rally support for Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program and identify solutions to eliminate the opportunity gap that affects 55 million kids across America.

With so many children struggling to reach their full potential, 4-H believes that young people, in partnership with adults, can play a key role in creating a more promising and equitable future for youth, families and communities across the country. In 4-H, they believe every child should have an equal opportunity to succeed and every child should have the skills they need to make a difference in the world.

“As a youth, 4-H provided me with opportunities to grow many skills,” said Shane Michael, UF/IFAS Extension Seminole County Director. “One in particular was speaking in front of an audience. 4-H has a way of allowing youth to step outside of their comfort zone in a safe and learning environment.”

Ways to Celebrate National 4-H Week:

Seminole County 4-H will observe National 4-H Week this year by highlighting some of the inspirational 4-H youth in the community who are working tirelessly to support each other and their communities. To help create #Opportunity4All, participate in the Seminole County 4-H Association Silent Auction. The Silent Auction helps to garner funds to support Seminole County 4-H Youth Activities Scholarship Fund. Visit:

On Tuesday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. on Facebook Live, Vicki Meriwether will be inducted into the Florida 4-H Hall of Fame.

In an effort to show unity and 4-H pride, Seminole County 4-H members, alumni, volunteers, and Extension staff are encouraged to wear green or the 4-H clover on Wednesday, October 7th during National 4-H Spirit Day.

Their culminating event will occur Friday, October 9th in the evening when 4-H members will participate in their first ever drive through awards night. The annual awards night is an opportunity to recognize the hard work and achievements of 4-H members. Additionally, 4-H will be thanking their volunteers for their continued support of
4-H clubs.

4-H, the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, cultivates confident kids who tackle the issues that matter most in their communities right now. In the United States, 4-H programs empower six million young people through the 110 land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension in more than 3,000 local offices serving every county and parish in the country. Outside the United States, independent, country-led 4-H organizations empower one million young people in more than 50 countries. National 4-H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of the Cooperative Extension System and 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Learn more about 4-H at, find them on Facebook at and on Twitter at

How to Join:

4-H offers a variety of youth programming, including community clubs, afterschool programming, in-school enrichment, short-term special interest (SPIN) clubs, camps, and more. Additionally, they are always open to parents who are interested in being 4-H volunteers themselves, including starting your own 4-H club. 4-H clubs may be started with five youth and at least two screened and trained volunteers. To learn more about how to get involved, visit


Chelsea Woodard, UF/IFAS Extension Seminole County 4-H Youth Development Agent, Phone: 407-665-5560 Email:

Karen Henry, UF/IFAS Extension Seminole County 4-H Youth Development Agent
Phone: 407-665-5560 Email:

Shane Michael, UF/IFAS Extension Seminole County Director
Phone: 407-665-5560 Email:



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