Afterschool is designed to combine the resources of 4-H and the
Cooperative Extension System with community-based organizations that
provide after-school programs that address community needs. The
4-H club operates within the structure of the community-based
organization that sponsors the after-school program.
implementation of the 4-H club component of the after-school program
can take various forms. It may mean that 4-H is offered on a
particular day of the week or that particular projects are offered.
There may be a designated time for club meetings, where youth say the
4-H pledge, have officers, and make choices about activities to
pursue. As well, the person responsible may be staff paid by Extension
(e.g., program assistant), staff of the organization running the
program (e.g., Boys and Girls Club), a volunteer (adult and/or
youth),* or some combination.
Afterschool seeks to increase the quality and quantity of after-school
programs. To accomplish this, we focus on improving the ability of
program staff to offer high quality care, education, and developmental
experiences for youth. Extension offers training materials and support
to help establish 4-H clubs at afterschool sites, to help program
staff increase their ability to use positive youth development
principles, and to help provider’s access quality 4-H program
A 4-H club is an organized group of five or more boys and girls ages 5 to 19 with officers, led in partnership with adult volunteers, with a planned program of club activities. Each club should participate in community projects or service learning. Club meetings include conducting business by officers (click here to get further information how to do this), educational programs (Such as: bug studies, sewing, community garden, conservation program, yoga, etc.), and group building or recreational activities. Groups of very young children can form 4-H clubs, although meetings are much less structured. All 4-H activities focus upon positive youth development.
and certificates for recognition.
on how to conduct a 4-H club meeting.
in setting up a 4-H club for after-school youth.
for youth to participate in county, state, and national 4-H events
and activities. (Example: Youth Fair, Fishing
Speaking Competitions, etc.)
Afterschool kits in the field of: Science and Technology,
Leadership, Citizenship, Communication Arts, Environmental
Education, and Family and Consumer Science.
Training in youth development, youth finance Ed., environmental
Ed., and health and nutrition Ed.
finance-financial management, stock market, and savings.
your afterschool into a formal youth club (with president, vice
in 4-H county competitions
in the Youth Fair
a service learning project
- Yoga, Health & Nutrition
4-H, in cooperation with Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR),
developed a 12-week yoga for kids pilot program with South Florida Urban Ministries afterschool program (http://www.sflum.org).
South Florida Urban Ministries is a dynamic non-profit
organization that empowers people to move from poverty to prosperity
through holistic youth development, small business development and
hunger relief programs in South Florida.
4-H has provided South Florida Urban Ministries afterschool program
with the technical know how and funding source for this innovative
afterschool enrichment program to develop. Miami-Dade 4-H will
evaluate the effectiveness of the pilot program for youth participants
by looking at changes in: body mass ratio, breathing
capacity, resting heart rate, flexibility and knowledge and practices
gained on healthy nutrition.
12-week program will encompass health and nutrition classes on
portion control, label reading, snack preparation and the new food
pyramid. The new food pyramid educational component will utilize a large 5 foot tall
food pyramid in which children can learn about the food groups and
food density through interactive Velcro pieces.
and more, 4-H is playing a vital role in our local educational
community by providing institutional after schools with innovative
programming to better help diverse young people discover and develop
their potential and grow into competent, contributing, and caring citizens.
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Download 4-H Forms
- Animal Identification Form
- Travel Permission Form
- Volunteer Application Form
- Participation Form
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Contact 4-H Staff
- International Mall Office
Miami International Mall
1455 NW 107th Ave., Suite 906 Miami, Fl 33172
Phone: 305-592-8044 or 305-592-8049
- Cassandra Weston, Agent
- Shirley Bender, 4H Secretary
- Teresa Schroder, EFNEP Youth Program Assistant