National 4-H Week

     More than 7 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. Appanoose 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 make a positive impact on their community.
      The Appanoose County 4-H Program will culminate the celebration of National 4-H Week with “4-H Fun Day” on Saturday, October 12, 2013!  There will be information about 4-H, project ideas, activities, giveaways and snacks at the Appanoose County Extension Office from 10:00am-2:00pm during this come and go event.  This will allow prospective 4-H families to meet the staff at the Appanoose County Extension Office and get their 4-H related questions answered.  In addition, this will be a time for returning 4-H members to re-enroll for the new 4-H year.
      “Our kids have gained so much from the 4-H experience, such as learning leadership skills and traveling to Washington D.C.  We don’t know of another youth organization that offers as much as 4-H does” said Mike and Tina Bauman. 
 Appanoose County currently has 13 4-H clubs and 5 CloverKids Clubs.  4-H Clubs are for young people in 4th-12th grades and CloverKids is for K-3rd.  One of the 13 4-H Clubs is the Appanoose County Cooking Club.  This specialty club focuses on cooking during every monthly meeting.  The remaining 12 4-H clubs offer a variety of activities and learning opportunities for young people.  The clubs are located in various locations around Appanoose County, so everyone should be able to find a club near them!
     Research has proven that participation in 4-H has a significant positive impact on young people. Recent findings from the Tufts University4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that, when compared to their peers,young people in 4-H are:

  • Nearly 4times more likely to contribute to their communities
  • Two times more likely to pursue healthy behaviors  
  • Two times more likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in the out-of-school time.

      In Appanoose County, more than 250 4-H members and 50 volunteers are involved in 4‑H.
 
 About 4-H:
     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.

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