Volunteering In The Panhandle

4-H Grows: Environmentally Conscientious Youth!

Grow Card Supplies and products 4-H literally got its start with gardening. The very first 4-H Clubs focused on growing tomatoes and corn for boys and canning for girls. Many youth and volunteers still enjoy gardening projects today.  One great curricula that is used is the Junior Master Gardening Program. This program allows youth to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/02/05/4-h-grows-environmentally-conscientious-youth/

4-H Teen Retreat: Growing Leaders with Help from Farm Credit

Teen retreat participants can earn credits towards their camp counselor certification. Each summer Florida 4-H camps are bustling with 4-H volunteers, staff, and youth enjoying their week long residential camping experience. As a significant delivery mode in experiential learning, residential camping annually is home to nearly 4000 youth participants and 250 volunteers and agents. Within …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/01/29/4-h-teen-retreat-growing-leaders-with-help-from-farm-credit/

‘My Head to Clearer Thinking:’ Managing Stress

“I pledge my head to clearer thinking” is part of the 4-H pledge. Clear thinking helps us to make wiser choices/decisions but when we are under a lot of stress our thinking can be cloudy and our bodies can experience short and long term negative effects. Some consider me to be one of the most …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/01/22/my-head-to-clearer-thinking-managing-stress/

Florida 4-H Club Grows Compassion through Community Pride Grant

Fire Ants 4-H Club members prepare and serve meals for hospice patients and caregivers to develop compassion and empathy in their community. There are many genetic traits you’re born with that can’t be changed.  But what about traits such as compassion and empathy?  Can they be learned?  A new study conducted by the University of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/01/15/florida-4-h-club-grows-compassion-through-community-pride-grant/

Making a Fresh Start in 2016

The New Year is a great time to make a fresh start to live a happier, more balanced life. Happy New Year!  This month, our blog will be focusing on tips and ideas for making a fresh start. Do you have a New Year’s Resolution yet? If so, how do you plan to make sure you …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/01/11/making-a-fresh-start-in-2016/

Family Friendly Ideas to Ring in the New Year

Enjoy a high-energy game of exercise bingo as you race other teams to see who can win! This game is available at your local extension office. The New Year is upon us, and it is so fun to celebrate its coming with our families.  Do you have a favorite New Year’s Tradition? If not, there is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/12/25/family-friendly-ideas-to-ring-in-the-new-year/

4-H Meets Community Needs through Service

Clear evidence of mastering a skill is being able to employ it in one’s everyday life. Knowledge is only as good as how we are able to use it. 4-H dedicates itself to educating youth with research based curriculum not only for their own benefit but also so they can share that knowledge with others. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/12/19/4-h-meets-community-needs-through-service/

Tips for Healthier Holiday Cooking

The holidays are often filled with time-honored traditions that include some of our favorite meals and foods. As you celebrate, think of little changes you can make this holiday season to create healthier meals and active days. An added bonus, these small changes may help you to avoid those extra holiday pounds we all fear …

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Making the Holidays Affordable

Save money and make fun memories this year by making your own gifts! This Christmas, save money and enjoy the season by hand-making gifts for your children’s teachers, friends, and your co-workers. We have all received the “awesome” gift of a plaid tie or vanilla candle which is appreciated, but lacks a personal touch. Why not …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/12/04/making-the-holidays-affordable/

4-H Grows Generosity: “I Pledge my Hands to Larger Service”

Leon County 4-Hers grow gratitude and compassion through service-learning Developing a heart for giving back and helping others is one of the most important personal benefits youth can obtain through active involvement in a 4-H program. During this season of thanks , 4-H members all over the United States will put the third sentence of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/11/26/4-h-grows-generosity-i-pledge-my-hands-to-larger-service/

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