Reading my daily “buzz” news and found the following article about 4-H that I had to share.
One of my fond childhood memories is my involvement in 4-H. I still use many of those skills I learned in 4-H today. Now here is your opportunity to get your child or someone you know involved in 4-H that will provide them skills they will use for a life time…..
October 2-8 is National 4-H Week, and Linn County is celebrating the 4-H youth who have made an impact on the community, and are stepping up to the challenges of a complex and changing world.
Linn County boasts 4-H clubs throughout the county, including the state’s only 4-H Fish Club. There are many opportunities for youth in the 4-H program to explore their interests and gain new skills. In the past year, Linn County 4-H’ers could be found planting community gardens, raising money by serving ice cream, or learning how to zip line at junior camp. Hundreds of exhibits were showcased at the Linn County Fair and Iowa State Fair – featuring everything from chickens to cattle, clothing to photography, and even a moose leg lamp. Several 4-H members earned top honors.
Recent findings from Tufts University’s 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that young people in 4-H are three times more likely to contribute to their communities than youth not participating in 4-H. Notably, the Tufts research discovered that the structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that 4-H’ers receive play a vital role in helping them actively contribute to their communities.
In true community spirit, when Linn County 4-H’ers heard about predicted flooding that would affect western Iowa counties, they sprang into action. 4-H youth and their leaders organized a drive asking for donations of cleaning supplies and activities for youth affected by the flooding. The community responded wholeheartedly and the donations have been distributed to those in need.
4-H youth are a living breathing, culture-changing revolution for doing the right thing, breaking through obstacles and pushing our country forward by making a measurable difference right where they live. To learn more, contact Tricia Rew, County 4-H Youth Coordinator at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Linn County at (319) 377-9839 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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