More than 6 million young people across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week, which takes place annually during the first full week of October.
Crow Wing County 4-H celebrates and promotes the great things the 4-H youth development program offers youth and highlights the young people who make a positive impact on their community during National 4-H Week.
Two local 4-H members who are active in 4-H club work are Morena Hammer and Rylie Young.
“Participating in 4-H has changed my life in many ways,” said Hammer, a youth leader and member of the Black Bear 4-H Club in Nisswa. “4-H has given me opportunities to make new friends and explore horizons to find people like me wanting to make a difference in their club, community, country and our world. I have attended leadership camps around Minnesota that have given me public speaking skills and leadership skills in general. Doing many community service projects through 4-H has given me the opportunity to realize that there is always something I can do or someone to help in our community.”
Young, a youth leader in the Eagles 4-H Club in Pequot Lakes, said, “In 4-H I learn many things that I don’t learn in school such as how to lead people in projects, activities, and helping my community in a variety of ways. Being in 4-H also helps me in school; making posters and doing presentations aren’t a big challenge to me anymore.”
The 4-H program offers a variety of projects and learning experiences for young people to choose from such as Robotics, Aerospace, Animal Sciences and Photography along with more traditional projects.
Research has proven that participation in 4-H has a significant positive impact on young people. Recent findings from the Tufts University 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that, when compared to their peers, young people in 4-H are:
• Nearly four times more likely to contribute to their communities.
• Two times more likely to pursue healthy behaviors.
• Two times more likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in the out-of-school time.
In Crow Wing County, more than 300 4-H members and 100 adult volunteers are involved in 4-H. The 4-H year runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30. Youth in kindergarten through one year past high school are welcome to join.
Learn more about 4-H at www.4-H.org or call 218-824-1069 for information about joining a club.