Polk County Youth, Clubs to Celebrate National 4-H Week October 7-13

ALTOONA, IA (October 2, 2018)– For the 76th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will celebrateNational 4-H Week from October 7-13. To celebrate and recognize Polk County 4-H clubs, members, and volunteers Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach, Polk County will encourage local clubs to participate in Polk County 4-H Inspires social media campaign. The local effort aligns with the national campaign of Inspire Kids to Do, an effort to give kids more opportunities to do, empowering them with the skills they need to succeed in life and career.
 
Using the hashtag #PolkCo4HInspires and #InspireKidsToDo, the effort will showcase the over 70 Polk County 4-H clubs participating in activities, highlighting inspirational projects or sharing how 4-H has positively impacted their lives and the greater community. Each club is encouraged to post pictures and stories on any Polk County 4-H social channels (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) with the competition going from Sunday, October 7 to 8 am on Monday, October 15.
 
“In Polk County we have over 1,000 youth participating in 4-H with 145 volunteers guiding and instructing them.” said Madisen Gaskin, County Youth Coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County. “Through 4-H programming kids learn to live healthy lives, be leaders, become active in their communities, and use science and technology to make a difference. These are the types of skills people carry the rest of their lives. We are proud to participate in National 4-H week to celebrate current 4-Hers and inspire others join or volunteer.”
 
4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential through youth and adult partnerships and research-based experiences preparing Iowa's youth to be successful, contributing members of society. 4-H was founded on the belief that when kids are empowered to pursue their passions and chart their own course, their unique skills grow and take shape, helping them to become true leaders in their lives, careers and communities.
 
To learn more about local 4-H programming visit ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County at www.extension.iastate.edu/polk/4h or to learn more about national 4-H, please visit http://www.4-h.org.
 
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About Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Polk County
Since 1916 ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County has served its residents by connecting them to research and resources developed by Iowa State University. Knowledge and programs offered through the ISU Extension and Outreach Polk County office have been specifically tailored to represent, enhance and meet the needs of Polk County residents. For 2018 ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County will focus on these local issues: K-12 youth outreach; health, well-being, and nutrition; and community and economic development. ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County is part of a 99-county campus serving all Iowans to create a strong Iowa.
 
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).
 
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