Glades Day School and Glades Central High agriculture students take a literal “field trip” to learn about sugar cane from Jose Fernandez (left), of the UF/IFAS Everglades Research and Education Center in Belle Glade. UF/IFAS’ Extension Office and Palm Beach County 4-H have teamed up to create a grant proposal to deliver a healthy-living education to Floridians. / Florida Food & Farm file photo

By Noelle N. Guay
4-H Extension Agent

Palm Beach County 4-H and University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension colleagues within the Family and Consumer Sciences Program have created a grant proposal as part of the A Community Thrives project.


This is a fundraising campaign, launched by the USA Today Network, where organizations involved with wellness, arts and culture, and education compete to raise the most money for their ideas; the top teams and causes win grant money.

Two young members of a 4-H Club learn gardening. / Florida Food & Farm file photo

Palm Beach County 4-H will partner with the Palm Beach County Family and Consumer Sciences’ Nutrition and Food Safety and the UF/IFAS Family Nutrition Program. The goal: to deliver a  healthy-living education program to youths, adults, families and seniors.

Provides training for teens

Education workshops, activities, seminars and events will be led by county staff — and by local teens, via the development of a Teen Ambassadors for Healthy Living Program. The Teen Ambassador Program will train young people to lead healthy-living and wellness activities alongside 4-H and Family and Consumer Sciences staff.

Teens thus will master critical life skills such as leadership, communication, teamwork and independence while giving back to their communities. This will also give teen ambassadors practical work skills.

The fundraising period began March 19. A total of $600,000 in grants will be given away to organizations in the project. We’re ready to raise as much money as we can so that we can win the $100,000 grant. But we need to raise at least $3,500 before May 10 in order to be eligible to win the large grant award.

How You Can Help

Please consider joining our team as a fundraiser. By setting up a fundraiser for our cause and reaching out to your network of supporters, you can help us make an even bigger impact and get us closer to the $100,000.

Setting up a fundraiser is quick and easy. Go to https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/palm-beach-county-4-h-youth-development-program; click “Join the Team.”

If you are unable raise funds for our campaign, please donate to our cause. Every donation makes a difference, no matter how big or small.

Also, please forward this email to friends, family and colleagues to help Palm Beach County 4-H.

Thank you for your support.

Noelle N. Guay is a 4-H Extension agent and the county program leader for the Palm Beach County UF/IFAS Extension Office.