When young people learn how to use their voices for leadership, they can change the world. That was the message of the “Youth Voice in Action!” 4-H Summit. Seventy-five youth from northeast Iowa developed action plans for change in their community.
Youth teams from O’Brien County won the senior and junior divisions of the 2022 state 4-H meat judging contest at Iowa State University. The ISU animal science department held the contest to determine Iowa’s representative in the National 4-H Contest at the American Royal in Kansas City.
Over 3,100 static 4-H exhibits created by 2,332 youth exhibitors were displayed in the Bruce L. Rastetter 4-H Exhibits Building at the 2022 Iowa State Fair. Each exhibit is an outgrowth of year-long project area work done by the 4-H member.
Iowa 4-H youth exhibited over 5,500 4-H livestock and horticulture entries at the 2022 Iowa State Fair. Nearly 2,000 Iowa youth participated in 4-H livestock and horticulture exhibits this year.
One hundred thirty-seven youth from 23 counties participated in the Iowa 4-H Safety and Education in Shooting Sports State Shooting Competition on Saturday, Aug. 27, at Brownells Big Springs Shooting Range in Searsboro.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will provide Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings to strengthen rural communities and support youth during the new school year. This program provides adults with tools they can use to identify when a youth (ages 6-18) in their life might be struggling with a mental health and/or substance use problem.
Forty Iowa youth are beginning their new terms as State 4-H Council members. These young leaders will serve as ambassadors for the 4-H Youth Development program throughout the state and in their local counties this year.
This year, 24 youth from across Iowa showcased their innovative ideas during InventSTEM at the Iowa State Fair. This Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development program encourages youth to engage in the innovation process to solve real-world problems.
With funding from Google.org, 4-H will increase the reach of the Computer Science Career Pathways program for students from rural and under-resourced communities who have had minimal computer science education. The new grant will help teach young people through Cooperative Extension’s in-person 4-H programs and online resources.
This year at the Iowa State Fair 213 youth from 63 Iowa counties participated in Iowa State University Extension and Outreach skillathons for dairy, meat goat, sheep and swine.