This week (Oct. 6-12) 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. 13, at the Litton Center as Livingston County 4-H holds its annual recognition program at 2 p.m. The public is invited to support the successes of 4-H youth during the last program year. Additionally, 4-H Clubs will be participating in a “Can-struction” challenge. Clubs are challenged to collect cans for the charity of their choice and then design a structure with those cans. The top club receives $50.
Four-H is the largest youth organization in the world, with more than 6 million members in the United States, said Shaun Murphy, regional youth specialist.
Livingston County 4-H has the largest youth membership in the region with 450 members. Livingston County won the 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes as the livestock county in the state at the Missouri State Fair in 2013.
Murphy said that local youth will travel to places such as Washington D.C., Georgia, and beyond in the upcoming year.
Murphy noted some of the benefits members realize through their involvement in 4-H.
He said 4-H youth are less likely to engage is “risky behavior,” and they perform better at school than their peers, according to the latest research from Tufts University.
“The fundamental 4-H ideal of practical, ‘learn by doing’ experiences encourage youth to experiment, innovate and think independently. 4-H programs are offered through school-based, after-school and camp settings and within community clubs, Murphy said.
Murphy invites youth to join 4-H or become a volunteer leader by contacting the University of Missouri Extension office at 660-646-0811 or email@example.com.
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.
On the web: 4h.missouri.edu or by calling 660/646-0811.