The FSU Credit Union Borrow 4 Less – Give Back More program is happy to be partnering with Wakulla 4-H for the month of November. $10 will be donated to Wakulla 4-H for every eligible auto loan financed or refinanced with FSU Credit Union in November.

4‑H empowers young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime. Children in Wakulla 4-H have a variety of opportunities to be part of the program. With ten community clubs and an array of special programs including 4-H Legislature and numerous leadership development focused events, Wakulla 4-H offers something for everyone.  Children can choose to explore STEM topics, raise chickens, perfect public speaking skills, engage in volunteer activities, or learn to cook.

Wakulla 4-H is a non-profit organization that is part of the cooperative extension system housed at more than 100 public universities across the country through which the program reaches almost six million young people. Programs are delivered by 3,500 4‑H professionals and 500,000 volunteers. Young people experience 4‑H through school and community clubs, in-school and after-school programs and 4‑H camps. Based on their interests and guided by adult mentors, youth develop their own pathway in 4‑H. They select from a broad menu of local 4‑H programs. There are hands-on, learn-by-doing, opportunities for everyone.

Tufts University researchers found the following 4-H participation outcomes based on a longitudinal study of how involvement in 4-H impacts children:

Contribution/Civic Engagement

  • 4-H’ers are nearly 4 times more likely to make contributions to their communities (Grades 7-12)
  • 4-H’ers are about 2 times more likely to be civically active (Grades 8-12)

Academic Achievement

  • 4-H young people are nearly 2 times more likely to participate in Science, Engineering and Computer Technology programs during out-of-school time (Grades 10 – 12)
  • 4-H girls are 2 times more likely (Grade 10) and nearly 3 times more likely (Grade 12) to take part in science programs compared to girls in other out-of-school time activities. (Data found in Science, Engineering and Computer Technology (SECT) section of report)

Healthy Living

  • 4-H’ers are nearly 2 times more likely to make healthier choices (Grade 7)

For more information about Wakulla 4-H programs and how to get involved as a member or volunteer, please visit the organization’s website: http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/wakulla/4-h/. And, read more about our Borrow 4 Less – Give Back More program.

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