Why join 4-H?
There are many reasons to join 4-H. 4-H is fun, you get to learn about different hobbies, maybe show livestock, and maybe even attend a camp. Of course, it is great to get to do all of the fun things, but do we really realize all of the valuable life skills that our youth gain from being in 4-H?
4-H does not just apply to farm kids and kids in small towns. Kids that are 4-H urban neighborhoods, suburban school yards and rural farming communities stand out among their peers, but why do they stand out?
According to a study conducted by Tufts University called “4-H Study of Positive Youth Development,” it was found that 4-H members are two times more likely to get better grades in school, and two times more likely to plan to go to college. Those are some pretty impressive facts. But wait, that’s not all that 4-H members get out of being in 4-H. Forty-one percent of 4-H members are less likely to engage in risky behaviors, and 25 percent are more likely to positively contribute to their families and communities. This research proves that 4-H’s approach of “learn by doing” really does pay off.
With over six million youth participating in 4-H across the country, it takes a lot of volunteers to make this program what it has become. 4-H has 5,400 volunteers, 3,500 professionals and 60 million alumni to help make 4-H strong and prosperous. These volunteers and professionals inspire members to work collectively with others when needed, yet take the lead on their own projects. The sky is the limit when you are involved in 4-H, so take the plunge and GO GREEN.
Enroll in 4-H by January 1, 2013 for the 2012-2013 4-H year. Enrollment forms are available in the Hand County Extension Office.