School Enrichment Programs
· Health Rocks
A research-based curriculum in which youth learn about healthy living. Topics include addiction, body image, smoking, and stress, among others. The program targets youth in elementary and middle school grades.
· School Gardens/Healthy Living
This six-class program includes the implementation of a school garden, four healthy lifestyle lessons, and a final taste-test party. The program is for elementary and middle school grades.
· Tropicana Speech Competition
For youth in traditional schools in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. It is composed of competitions at the classroom, school, and county levels. The overall county winner will receive a full scholarship to attend our annual weeklong residential (overnight) summer camp at Camp Cloverleaf in Lake Placid, Florida.
Community Clubs are formed by screened volunteers in various communities in Broward County. Each club adapts one or more curricula/project books to use throughout the year as an educational supplement. Curriculum provides hands-on activities and lessons. At the end of the 4-H year, the project book is submitted to the county 4-H office to be “graded,” and youth may receive prizes and scholarships toward 4-H events if their project book receives a blue ribbon.
Dedicated teachers, school staff, or PTA members form an organized club at a school site. Each club adapts one or more curricula/project books to use throughout the year as an educational supplement. Curriculum provides hands-on activities and lessons. At the end of the 4-H year, the project book is submitted to the county 4-H office to be rated, and youth may receive prizes and scholarships toward 4-H events if their project book receives a blue ribbon.
The council is composed of 4-H’ers from all clubs in Broward County. Each youth represents his/her club, and board members are elected to form a council. Council meetings are held monthly. Youth determine and plan the implementation of 4-H programs, events, and service learning projects. The council provides an opportunity for youth to learn leadership skills as well as parliamentary procedures.
Annual competitions in the areas of Public Speaking, Illustrated Talks and Demonstrations, Fashion Revue, and Share the Fund (Talent Show) Acts are open to enrolled 4-H youth. Youth receiving a blue ribbon and over the age of 8 will move on to participate in the annual District Events, in which they compete against first-place winners from Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.
Chicken Barbecue Competition
Each year participants ages 8 to18 participate is this fun cooking competition. Each youth is responsible for purchasing a grill and materials to prepare the perfect barbecue chicken. Youth are judged on preparation, taste, and presentation. The overall winner moves on to participate at the State Barbecue competition.
The 4-H Fair gives youth the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge gained and to exhibit 4-H project work. Youth exhibit projects in various fields such as entomology, small animals, and photography.
Orange Blossom Festival Parade
Youth march in the annual parade dressed in costumes according to the year’s theme and perform a chant or other activity in front of the judges’ stand. The Broward County 4-H Foundation also hosts a vegetable sale to raise funds for 4-H program needs.
Volunteer trainings are held various times throughout the year. Trainings available include (but are not limited to) new club leader orientation, overnight chaperone training, and trainings in 4-H curricula to use in school enrichment programs, after-school clubs, club educational programs, day camps, and other areas. In-service credits for teachers are available for some trainings.
Special Interest Groups
· Horse Clubs
Clubs are formed by screened volunteers in various communities in Broward County. These clubs give the opportunity for youth to learn how to care for horses as well as complete a horse-related 4-H project and participate in various horse shows that include categories such as Western, English Showmanship, and Hunting. Members also participate in service learning activities that are planned by the club leaders and the youth in the club. (Horses are not included in all horse clubs.)
· Junior Master Gardeners (JMG)
This is a two-year commitment club. Youth in this club learn all there is to know about gardening and plant growth and development. This group meets at the Old Davie School House.
Broward is part of the District 13 4-H Council, which also comprises Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. The District Council is open to members between the ages of 11 and 18. This council elects officers who assist with various events district-wide, help facilitate programs at schools, conduct marketing, and other 4-H events. District Council is also heavily involved in service learning projects in all three counties. District Council Constitution
All first-place winners from county events ages 8 and up are eligible for District Events. This competition includes Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. Senior winners ages 14 and up are eligible for state competition held at 4-H Congress in Gainesville in late July.
Area-F Horse Show
This horse show includes participation from 10 other South District counties. Youth participate in various classes, and winners move on to compete in the State Horse Show during the summer in Tampa, Florida.
A civic education event in which youth are able to participate in the legislative process. During this event, youth are taught how to research, lobby, sponsor, and debate bills through committees, all the way to the house floor. It also serves as preparation for our Florida State Legislature Program, which is for senior 4-H’ers. This program is for youth ages 11 and up.
Junior Congress is an annual event in which District Council members teach younger 4-H youth and plan team-building and educational activities.
State Events and Activities
The Florida 4-H State Council is a statewide leadership group that comprises two voting delegates from each county. This group meets annually at the Florida 4-H Congress in Gainesville in July as well as at Executive Board. The council has elected officers who are selected each year during 4-H Congress.
Florida 4-H Executive Board is a leadership board for Florida 4-H. The group meets three times a year at different 4-H campsites to work on State Council projects.
State Horse Show
Preceding the area horse shows across the state, the State Horse Show is a competition in which the top percentage of qualifiers from these show compete. Those also ranked in the top move on to participate in the National Horse Show in Kentucky in the fall of each year.
4-H Day at the Capitol
A one-day event, in April, in Tallahassee, serving as an educational government tour and open to all 4-H participants.
4-H Legislature is a five-day laboratory in state government designed to give participants educational experiences such as: learning about the functions of state level government; becoming informed about the state system of government; writing and researching bills; serving as mock legislators, reporters, or lobbyists; meeting in the committee rooms of the House of Representatives as well as the House Chambers; and touring the State Capitol, Supreme Court, Archives, and/or other state buildings. All interested teens ages 14 and up need to be involved in the county government study in preparation for this state event.
State Barbecue Competition
County Barbecue winners compete against other 4-H’ers across the state. The winner of this competition goes on to participate in the Nationals in Kentucky.
4-H State Congress
4-H Congress is open to 4-H participants ages 14 and up. This five-day event is held on the University of Florida campus during July. Congress is divided into competitive and noncompetitive sessions. The winners from District Events participate in the state competition. In additioin, each county sends its two voting delegates to state meetings. Interviews for scholarships and national trips are also held. This event also has fun, educational tracks addressing the interests of Florida youth.
National Events and Activities
National 4-H Congress
National 4-H Congress is held annually in Atlanta, Georgia, in November. This four-day event provides youth with a high-quality program that includes recreational, social, and cultural activities.
National 4-H Conference
The National 4-H Conference is annually held in Chevy Chase, Maryland, in late March. The conference is a delegation that contributes ideas on how to improve and strengthen the 4-H program nationwide.
Citizen Washington Focus
Held in Chevy Chase, Maryland, in late June, this is an educational weeklong program in our nation’s capital to foster an opportunity to experience government operations and issues.