National 4-H Week is October 6-12!

Red Oak, IA—October 1, 2013.   More than 6 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. Montgomery 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.
 
Montgomery County will be celebrating with displays around the county, recruitment efforts in our schools, a county wide 4-H t-shirt day on Wednesday, radio ads recorded by 4-H members on KCSI and an open house on Thursday, October 10 from 3-6 p.m. at the extension office, 400 Bridge Street in Red Oak.  The public is welcome to join us, and meet our new youth coordinator, Heather Howieson.
 
Beth Vial, who is a leader for the Grant Spitfires 4-H club, said this about the many benefits 4-H provides youth:  “All three of my children have grown personally from their involvement in 4-H, it is a truly valuable organization for youth.  When my son Rob joined FFA, he was required to do some memorizing and public speaking.  While other new members had trouble with this, Rob told me how easy it was due to all of his 4-H experiences.”
 
In the 2012-13 year, Montgomery County had 187 members.  This year, there will be a new 4-H robotics special interest club for grades 4-7, in addition to continuing the success of past programs.
 
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, and
  • Two times more likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in the out-of-school time.

 
 
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 us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/4-Hand Twitter at https://twitter.com/4H.  If you would like to learn more about joining 4-H in Montgomery County, please call 623-2592 or stop by the office at 400 Bridge Street in Red Oak.  Our website is www.extension.iastate.edu/montgomery

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