Crow Wing County Youth to Celebrate National 4-H Week October 5-11
Crow Wing County Youth to Celebrate
National 4-H Week October 5-11
Brainerd, MN (September, 23, 2014)— More than 6 million young people across the country today will celebrate National 4-H Week, an annual celebration of 4-H during the first full week of October. Crow Wing County 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.
“The experiences youth have in 4-H last a lifetime, as will the skills they develop”, said Courtney Johnson, Crow Wing County 4-H Program Coordinator. “Youth have the opportunities to grow in limitless project areas; youth leadership, crop science, fine arts, and the list goes on. These youth are mastering important skills that will carry the workforce of tomorrow.
This past July the Great Green Gardeners 4-H Club members were recognized for their work in the community at the Crow Wing County Fair Association’s Ag. Day. The club grew a garden at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds focusing on sustainable gardening methods, analyzed soil samples, and provided a variety of garden weed samples to educate the public on proper weed identification.
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 like, and
• 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 325 4-H youth and 100 volunteers from the community are involved in 4 H. On September 23 the Crow Wing County Commissioners signed a proclamation that states October 5-11, 2014, as National 4 H Week in Crow Wing County
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, please visit http://www.4-h.org/nysd/.
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 109 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).
Learn more about 4-H at www.4-H.org, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/4-H and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/4H.