National 4-H Week is here
By Brenda Myers
Oct. 7–13 is National 4-H Week. Local 4-H Clubs are enrolling new members and getting registered for projects those that continue in 4-H. Each club meeting begins with the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-H Pledge:
“I PLEDGE my HEAD to clearer thinking; my HEART to greater loyalty; my HANDS to larger service and my HEALTH to better living; for my family, my club, my community, my country and my world. The 4 – H’s stands for Head, Heart, Hands & Health.”
Currently, the most popular 4-H projects in Minnesota are photography, crafts and fine arts, food and nutrition, shop (wood and metal), clothing and textiles, self-determined, flower gardening, clover buds (K-3), vegetable gardening and horse.
4-H is a “learn-by-doing” youth development program delivered through the University of Minnesota Extension and has something for everyone. Youth in kindergarten through one year past high school can participate in short-term activities or longer-term clubs, where groups meet regularly to work on projects, perform community service and develop leadership skills. 4-H offers project activities in science, engineering, technology, citizenship, leadership, healthy living and animal science.
No matter which project they choose, through 4-H youth will learn public speaking skills, how to collaborate, understand government and community, how to develop and reach life/career goals.
Recent findings from Tufts University’s 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that young people in 4-H are three times more likely to contribute to their communities than youth not participating in 4-H. Notably, the Tufts research discovered that the structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that 4-H’ers receive play a vital role in helping them actively contribute to their communities. The 4-H is a unique, learn-by-doing model teaching youth essential, transferrable skills that they’ll use throughout their lives, such as problem solving, decision making, coping, communicating and responding to the needs of others.
4-H youth are a living breathing, culture-changing revolution for doing the right thing, breaking through obstacles and pushing our country forward by making a measurable difference right where they live.
Learn how you can join the Revolution of Responsibility at 4-H.org/revolution, or contact the Crow Wing County 4H Program Coordinator, Jeanne Rohr, 218-824-1069, firstname.lastname@example.org.