National 4-H Week- “Joining 4-H was the Best Decision of My Life”

This week is National 4-H Week and we want to celebrate it by sharing a story provided by the ISU Extension & Outreach Linn County News Letter. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

“Joining 4-H was the Best Decision of My Life”

 October 7-13 is National 4-H Week, and ISU Extension & Outreach 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.

“Joining 4-H nine years ago was the best decision of my life thus far,” said Jennifer Zingula, Linn County 4-H’er 2003-2012 and 4-H scholarship winner. Jennifer continued by saying, “This program gave me an opportunity to meet elders and peers alike that have enriched my life substantially by teaching me and by the friendships we developed.  I gained leadership, citizenship, organizational and communication skills that I know will be vital in pursuing a successful future, and I did all of this while having a great time!  4-H has made me more aware of my community, its ever growing needs, and ways that I can help.  It has also helped me to realize where I want to go in life. Some of my best memories have been made at club meetings, council meetings, or at the county fair.  I have had nothing but a great experience in 4-H and would do the whole thing over in a heartbeat.”

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.

4-H’s approach is comprehensive and holistic—from agriculture to climate change to alternative energy—youth are learning about highly relevant complex systems and issues that will ensure their contributions to their communities today and their success as global leaders tomorrow.

4-H youth are a 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. Learn how you can Join the Revolution of Responsibility at, or contact the ISUEO Linn County office in Marion at 319-377-9839 or email

Contact: Rachel Rockwell, ISU Extension & Outreach Linn County Director, (319) 377-9839,;

Recipients of the 2012 college scholarships presented at the Linn County Fair are:   Back Row left to right:  Taylor Zumbach, Emma Pisarik, Mitch Koepping, Sam Bowers, Dustin Lange, Seth Pisarik, Josh Rich, Elizabeth Comried, Erin Pisarik.  Front Row left to right:  Jennifer Zingula, Morgan Lefebure, Lexi Helgens, Nicole Larsen, Rachael Enabnit. The Linn County 4-H Youth Council sponsors a pie auction at the Linn County Fair each summer using fruit pies donated by the community.  All proceeds go toward the 4-H Youth Council Scholarship Fund.  From that fund, scholarships are given to support all Linn County 4-H junior camp participants, Youth Council members who attend Iowa State 4-H Youth Conference in Ames and college scholarships to eligible Linn County 4-H Youth Council members.


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