TAVARES — On July 1, 3, 7, 9 and 11, youth, ages 8-18, are invited to the auditorium of the Lake County Agricultural Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares, for a “World Cultural Exploration” each day from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
“The World Cultural Exploration will provide students with a unique and valuable learning experience,” said Christopher Catanzaro, 4-H Agent with the Lake County Extension Office. “In addition, each day will present a different experience for the participants. Students can attend each day or only choose those that spark their interest.”
The World Cultural Exploration will consist of music, food, speakers and dress relevant to a featured country, or in the case of July 7, the Peace Corps. During the five-day event, youth will be exposed to the customs and traditions of:
• Tuesday, July 1 — Africa
• Thursday, July 3 — Germany
• Monday, July 7 — Peace Corps
• Wednesday, July 9 — Asia
• Friday, July 11 — Greece
For more information about the World Cultural Exploration or the Lake County 4-H Program, call (352) 343-4101 or log on to http://lake.ifas.ufl.edu/4-h/index.htm.
The 4-H mission is to help youth become self-directed, productive and contributing members of society. The educational program helps children develop inquiring minds, learn practical skills, strengthen decision-making abilities, improve communications and interpersonal relationships, and ultimately share their skills and experience in leadership roles. Through hands-on, learn-by-doing activities, children establish real-life goals and develop important life skills enabling them to become competent, productive citizens.
Today's 4-H program is for all youth — both rural and urban from all racial, cultural, economic and social backgrounds. It reaches children in a variety of ways: as members of organized community 4-H clubs, as participants in special interest groups or through school-enrichment programs. As members of the Florida 4-H program, youth are provided opportunities for a multitude of awards, trips and scholarships. They participate in these recognition programs through enrollment in 4-H projects.