Each year Citrus County 4-H members compete at the county and district level to demonstrate what they have learned through their 4-H work. Through this demonstration of knowledge and skills, 4-H youth reflect mastery – one of the essential elements of 4-H youth development.
This year over 100 youth participated at 4-H County Events Day held at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness. The young people showcased their project work with Demonstrations and Illustrated Talks, Public Speaking and Share the Fun. Share the Fun is a venue for expressing a talent in singing, dancing, skits, monologues and more.
Through Public Speaking 4-H members demonstrate skills learned in organization and research, as they speak convincingly to a panel of judges, with poise and confidence. Youth participating in demonstrations/illustrated talks prepare a diagrammatic representation of their talk with photos, drawings, illustrations, etc. and teach their audience about a wide array of topics. These topics might include; How to Wash My Swine for the Fair, Making Seed Cups from Newspaper, The Importance of Floating a Horse’s Teeth, How Robots Have Changed Over Time and many more.
The Citrus County 4-H club will have another chance to show their knowledge when they compete at the regional level. Citrus County is hosting the event on May 6th, location TBA, which will include Citrus County, Marion County, Sumter County and Hernando County 4-H club members.
4-H is the youth development program of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences in Citrus County. The mission of Citrus County 4-H is to encourage meaningful opportunities for young people and caring adults to create positive change in their communities, through the mission mandates of citizenship, healthy living and science. To learn more about becoming an adult volunteer with 4-H or joining as a youth 4-H member, contact Marnie Ward your Citrus County 4-H Agent. She can be reached at [email protected] or (352)527-5712.