Mitchell County Youth to Celebrate National 4-H Week: October 4-10

National 4-H Week

Osage, Iowa (September, 28, 2020)— Every year, National 4-H Week sees millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni come together to celebrate the many positive youth development opportunities offered by 4-H. The theme for this year’s National 4-H Week,Opportunity4All, is a campaign that was created by National 4-H Council to rally support for Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program and identify solutions to eliminate the opportunity gap that affects 55 million kids across America.
 
With so many children struggling to reach their full potential, 4-H believes that young people, in partnership with adults, can play a key role in creating a more promising and equitable future for youth, families and communities across the country. In 4-H, we believe every child should have an equal opportunity to succeed. We believe every child should have the skills they need to make a difference in the world.  
 
“We believe youth perspectives are so important and a solution to eliminating the opportunity gap, because young people come with new ideas and new ways of seeing the world,” explains Jennifer Sirangelo, President and CEO of National 4-H Council. By encouraging diverse voices and innovative actions, 4-H believes that solutions can be found to address the educational, economic and health issues that have created the opportunity gap.
 
During National 4-H Week, Mitchell County residents can look forward to the following:

  • 4th grade 4-H Surprise Bags- Osage students can expect their bags at school. St. Ansgar students can pick-up a bag at Paradise Pizza on October 5th from 5-7pm.
  • 4-H Spirit Day- Be sure to wear a 4-H shirt or green to school or work on Monday, October 5th.
  • 4-H Tailgate- We will be welcoming new and returning members on October 8th from 5-7pm at Osage City Park. New members will receive free enrollment if they attend. The Mitchell County Farm Bureau and Mitchell County Cattlemen are sponsoring a to-go meal for all attendees. Please RSVP to 641-732-5574 by October 6th.
  • Follow us on Social Media- 4-H staff have chosen to highlight some of our alumni. Please like and follow our Facebook page, Mitchell Co. 4-H to see updates and festivities!

 
For all in person events like 4-H Surprise Bag pick-up and the 4-H Tailgate masks are strongly encouraged.
 
“I was very excited to have County Council and Intermediate Leadership League members help prepare our 4-H Surprise Bags for the 4th graders in the county,” said Olivia Logue, County Youth Coordinator. "The bags include four different activities, each relating to a different 4-H project area. The bag also includes enrollment information. Our hope is that by distributing these bags we can show that 4-H is more than just showing livestock at the county fair; even though many youth will tell you that is their favorite part of 4-H. 4-H provides year-round learning based on positive youth development. Iowa State Extension and Outreach and 4-H is here to serve all youth, we offer financial aid for all youth programs and 4-H enrollment. We want to ensure everyone gets the opportunity to learn about one or all of the over thirty project areas."
 
In Mitchell County, more than 340 4-H youth (including Clover Kids) and 36 volunteers from the community are involved in 4‑H. Youth can begin their 4-H journey with Clover Kids in Kindergarten. In Mitchell County Clover Kids is normally an afterschool program but this year due to COVID-19, programming will be delivered with ‘To-go’ kits. Kids can participate in Clover Kids until they complete third grade. Beginning in fourth grade youth move into the traditional 4-H program and are eligible to participate until they graduate high school. All Clover Kids and 4-H activities are centered around fostering the development of life skills and of course having FUN! If regular club meetings are too large a commitment for your family we also provide several day camps or workshops throughout the year.
 
One of the most anticipated events of National 4-H Week every year is the 4-H STEM Challenge, formerly known as National Youth Science Day. The theme of this year’s event, which is expected to see hundreds of thousands of youth across the nation taking part throughout October, is Mars Base Camp.Developed by Google and Virginia Cooperative Extension, Mars Base Campis a collection of activities that teaches kids ages 8-14 STEM skills, including mechanical engineering, physics, computer science and agriculture.This year portions of the 4-H STEM Challenge will be incorporated into our 4-H Tailgate on October 8th!
 
To learn more about how you can get involved, visit http://www.4-h.org/.
 
 
 
About 4-H
4-H, the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, cultivates confident kids who tackle the issues that matter most in their communities right now. In the United States, 4-H programs empower six million young people through the 110 land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension in more than 3,000 local offices serving every county and parish in the country. Outside the United States, independent, country-led 4-H organizations empower one million young people in more than 50 countries. National 4-H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of the Cooperative Extension System and 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Learn more about 4-H at www.4-H.org, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/4-Hand on Twitter at https://twitter.com/4H.

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