More than six million young people across the country celebrated National 4-H Week, an annual celebration of 4-H during the first full week of October. White Pine District 4-H will leverage National 4-H Week this year to showcase the great things that 4-H offers young people and highlights the incredible 4-H youth in the community who work each day to make a positive impact on the community.
Our county 4-H program is going to celebrate National 4-H week by offering free enrollment for old and new members. Normally the cost is $3 a member and $2 a project with a $15 family cap so take advantage of this opportunity. Also, now is the perfect time to join as the 4-H year operates from Oct. 1- Sept. 30.
4-H has many qualities and different projects that appeal to youth. Many people have the misconception that to join 4-H you must participate in Livestock. This is not true and there are numerous areas of interest. The most popular project areas this year were Dog Training, with leader Jenny Wilson, and Shooting Sports with numerous certified instructors. Market Livestock is always strong on members and there was a large rise in Cake Decorating.
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 and two times more likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in the out-of-school time.
In White Pine, more than 150 4-H youth and 43 volunteers from the community are involved in 4H.
Also during National 4-H Week, hundreds of thousands of youth from all around the nation will complete a single, innovative experiment on 4-H National Youth Science Day, which will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. The 2014 National Science Experiment Rockets to the Rescue, will task youth to design and build an aerodynamic food transportation device that can deliver a payload of nutritious food to fictitious disaster victims. Youth will learn engineering concepts, develop math skills, learn about nutrition and help solve a relevant, global issue. To learn more about National Youth Science Day, visit http://www.4-h.org/nysd/.