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Klickitat youth to celebrate National 4-H Week

 

October 10, 2018



For the 76th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week from Oct. 7-13. This year's theme, Inspire Kids to Do, is a campaign that will give kids more opportunities to do, empowering them with the skills they need to succeed in life and career.

Throughout National 4-H Week, Klickitat County 4-H will celebrate the many ways 4-H inspires kids to do through hands-on learning experiences as well as highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in the community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them. The week kicked off with the signing of an official proclamation by the Board of County Commissioners.

4-H was founded on the belief that when kids are empowered to pursue their passions and chart their own course, their unique skills grow and take shape, helping them to become true leaders in their lives, careers and communities.

“4-H Members grow more than just prize-winning hogs and vegetables. 4-H Members grow life skills that will equip them far beyond their time in 4-H,” said Abby Brandt, 4-H Program Manager. “Our L-E-G-O KYG Club for example takes 4-H members to the Washington State Know Your Government Conference every year. These youth are learning about the legislative process, leadership, public speaking, and how to be civically engaged now and in the future. The 4-H Program offers over 95 project areas and is always open to new members and volunteers and now is the perfect time to enroll.”

One new interest in Klickitat 4-H is the Healthy Living Project. Last summer 4-H Teen Teachers led a series of lessons at camps and with afterschool groups practicing healthy living habits like nutrition, cooking, and active play. Teens practice leadership skills and youth practice cooking and making healthy choices! To learn more about bringing 4-H Teen Teachers to your classroom or organization, contact the 4-H Office.

4-H alumni around the country are always the first to acknowledge the significant positive impact that 4-H had on them as young people. In fact, research has shown that young people in 4-H are nearly four times as likely to contribute to their communities and are twice as likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs during after school time.

In Klickitat County, more than 250 4-H youth and 100 adult volunteers from the community are involved in 4- H. To get involved contact Abby Brandt, 4-H Program Manager at 773-5817 ext. 7, or email abbyb@klickitatcounty.org.

About 4-H

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 110 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 http://www.4-H.org or at http://www.facebook.com/KlickitatCounty4-H.

 

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