More than six million young people across the country today will be celebrating National 4-H Week, which takes place annually during the first full week of October.
Pondera County 4-H leverages National 4-H Week to celebrate the great things that the 4-H youth development program offers young people, and highlights the incredible 4-H young people who each day work to a make a positive impact on their community. 4-H members make a lasting impact.
4-H members will be doing promotions at the Prairie View and Meadowlark Elementary schools and look for posters in local stores featuring 4-H in Pondera County.
4-H enrollments are underway for youth from five to 18 years of age.Cloverbuds (ages five-eight) do hands-on explorations and 4-H members (ages eight-18) can enroll in a variety of different 4-H projects.
Popular projects in Pondera County include Market Livestock, Archery and Air Rifle and horses.4-H members are involved in service projects to benefit their communities. In order to do all these things, some clubs do annual fundraising events and the 4-H spice sale in February/March helps to buy all the project books for enrolled 4-H members.
Research has proven that participation in 4-H has a significant positive impact on young people. Recent findings from the Tufts University 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that, when compared to their peers, young people in 4-H are four times more likely to contribute to their communities, two times more likely to pursue healthy behaviors and two times more likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in the out-of-school time.
In Pondera County, 89 4-H members and 38 volunteers are involved in 4‑H.They are involved in several of the 40 different 4-H projects available to youth.From learning about the safe handling and techniques of shooting firearms to raising an animal to leadership and life skills development, 4-H members can safely try new projects and grow their skills in other projects.
Also during National 4-H Week, hundreds of thousands of youth from all around the nation will complete a single, innovative experiment on 4-H National Youth Science Day, which will be held on Oct. 9.
The 2013 National Science Experiment, 4-H Maps and Apps, will introduce youth to the importance of geographic information systems (GIS) and geographic positioning systems (GPS) as they design and map their ideal park, use mapping to solve community problems and contribute data to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) The National Map program as citizen scientists through The National Map Corps project.
4-H, the largest youth development organization in the world, is a community of seven million young people across the globe learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. In the U.S., 4-H programs are implemented by the 109 land grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System through their 3,100 local Extension offices across the country.
Overseas, 4-H programs operate throughout more than 50 countries.
Learn more about 4-H at www.4-H.org, find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/4-H and Twitter at https://twitter.com/4H .