This week is National 4-H Week, and area 4-H clubs are conducting activities, attending churches, and participating in fun and educational activities designed to promote and celebrate 4-H.
The highlight of this celebration occurs this Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Jenkins Building at the fairgrounds, as Livingston County 4-H holds its annual Recognition Program. The public is invited to support the successes of 4-H youth during the last program year.
Since you live in rural Missouri chances are you know about 4-H already, says Shaun Murphy, regional youth specialist for the University of Missouri Extension. "But, in case you don't, here are some reasons why youth are making a difference in 4-H."
• Did you know that 4-H is the largest youth organization in the world, with more than six million members in the United States? Livingston County 4-H has the largest youth membership in our region, with 450 members from 14 clubs.
• Did you know that youth from right here in Livingston County will travel to places like Washington D.C., Georgia, and beyond in 2012-13?
• Did you know that Livingston County has two regional representatives to the State 4-H Council (Nick Dungy and Marcie Eggers), and a member of the State Council executive team (Courtney Brown)?
• Did you know that 4-H youth are less likely to engage is "risky behavior" and perform better at school than their peers, according to the latest research from Tufts University?
• Did you know the fundamental 4-H ideal of practical, "learn by doing" experiences encourage youth to experiment, innovate, and think independently? Four-H programs are offered through school-based, after-school and camp settings, and within community clubs
• Did you know that the 4-H emblem has the same protection as the Olympic rings?
• Did you know that Livingston County's 4-H L.I.F.E. program is impacting families of incarcerated mothers in Chillicothe, through 4-H club visits and parenting classes inside the prison?
• Did you know that youth who participate in 4-H are more like to do better in school, participate in community service, and more likely to be citizens in the highest contributing group?
To learn how to become a 4-H member or volunteer leader, contact the University of Missouri Extension office at 660-646-0811 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
National 4-H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of National 4-H Headquarters (USDA). The 4-H programs are implemented by the 106 Land Grant Universities and the Cooperative Extension System, through their 3,100 local Extension offices across the country. Learn more about the 4‑H adventure at 4h.missouri.edu.