Cass County Youth Celebrate National 4-H Week
National 4-H Week takes place annually during the first full week of October. During this week, Cass County 4-H celebrates the great things that the 4-H youth development program offers young people and highlights the incredible 4-H youth who work each day to a make a positive impact on their communities.
Keep an eye out for 4-H members, volunteers, and supporters showing their 4-H pride during National 4-H week. Many community clubs will be creating window displays in local businesses to showcase 4-H. Other clubs will be doing special events and activities during the week. Cass County Extension and Outreach will be hosting a coloring contest for all kindergarten through third grade youth. Local youth are encouraged to color the sheet they recieved from their schools, or print on at the link below, and return it to the Extension Office to participate! Visit us on Saturday, October 12 at Atlantic’s HarvestFest where we will be doing fun activities for youth and providing great opportunities to learn more about 4-H.
“4-H is a year round program for youth in grades kindergarten through 12. National 4-H Week is a great time to promote all the wonderful things 4-H offers to youth,” stated Beth Irlbeck, County Youth Coordinator for ISU Cass County Extension and Outreach. “For the upcoming year, we plan to offer many great opportunities for youth including Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), as well as other activities to develop on communication, citizenship, healthy lifestyles, leadership, and other important life skills. There is definitely something for everyone in 4-H!”
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 4 times 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 out-of-school time.
In Cass County, more than 300 4-H members and over 30 volunteers are involved in 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.
To find out more about the 4-H program in Cass County, contact the Cass County Extension office at 712-243-1132 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Print your National 4-H Week coloring page here!
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