AMES, Iowa – Iowa youth are invited to join the revolution — the “4-H Revolution of Responsibility,” that is. Youth in grades 4-12 can find out more about 4-H online or contact their Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office.
The 4-H Revolution of Responsibility is a national 4-H slogan, explained Shelly Greving, marketing director with ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development. “4-H is a movement for positive change in every Iowa community and throughout America. 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.”
One in five Iowa school-age youth participates in ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development programs, headquartered at the Iowa State University campus in Ames and available through ISU Extension and Outreach offices in all Iowa counties. In 4-H, youth build leadership, citizenship, communication and life skills, and they learn by doing, whether through 4-H clubs, special interest groups, school enrichment or other 4-H programs.
"Children and youth learn best when they can ‘do’ — this is experiential education,” Greving said. “4-H clubs can be general interest or focus on specific topics such as robotics, photography, gardening, clothing, shooting sports, food and nutrition or just about any topic that interests kids and teens.”
The 4-H program is growing throughout Iowa, Greving said. Several counties were recognized for the growth in their local 4-H programs at the state 4-H youth development staff meeting in Ames earlier this month.
Over the past three years, Chickasaw and West Pottawattamie counties each saw a 21 percent increase in the number of youth participating in 4-H programs. Johnson County had a 28 percent increase, while Dickinson County’s 4-H enrollment increased 82 percent. The top 10 counties that grew their 4-H program this past year were Bremer, Dallas, Decatur, Dickinson, Guthrie, Lyon, Mahaska, Webster, West Pottawattamie and Winnebago. Seventy-nine counties have seen growth in their 4-H programs during the past three years, Greving said.