Families & Youth

4-H Youth Development

4-H is a fun, educational program for young people ages 5-18. 4-H provides educational experiences through a "learn by doing" approach and helps young people acquire knowledge, develop life skills, and form attitudes to enable them to become self-directed, productive, and contributing members of society.


View the 4-H page at the University of Florida IFAS Manatee County Extension Web site.


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Family & Consumer Sciences

The mission of Family & Consumer Sciences agents is to promote economic, environmental, and social sustainability for families by providing education for living well in Florida, now and for the future.


The Family and Consumer Sciences educational programs link research, knowledge, and technology to the needs of individuals, families, and communities in the county. Dedicated to strengthening families through education, the belief is that the family:


  • Is the most effective and efficient unit for building a competent society
  • Has a right to meet basic needs and to make choices about its future
  • Is interdependent within communities and their environments.

Traditionally known as Home Economics, the Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) program provides citizens with education on the following topics:

Meal Preparation
Food Safety & Preservation
Health & Wellness
Budgeting & Money Management
Disaster Preparedness
Parenting & Child Care
Home & Personal Safety
Home Environment
Quality Customer Service


View the Family & Consumer Sciences page at the University of Florida IFAS Web site.


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