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Get involved with 4-H

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By Roberta Hunt

A new school year is here, and it’s a great time to get involved with 4-H, the nation’s largest youth organization. 4-H offers experiential learning to youth ages 9 to 18 on a variety of topics. With broad subjects ranging from insects to technology to sewing, youth can find a topic that interests them. By participating in 4-H, youth develop many essential life skills including responsibility, leadership and self esteem.

Youth can get involved in 4-H several ways including participating in clubs or completing projects. Clubs provide youth a chance to practice leadership skills while making new friends.  Topics vary across the state depending on local youth’s interests, and range from animals to communications.  From science to crafts, youth of all ages and abilities will find something that interests them in 4-H projects. By completing projects, youth not only develop new interests and hobbies, but also important skills such as self confidence, time management and critical thinking.

Washington County project clubs will be reorganizing for the new club year during September and October.  Watch The Springfield Sun for announcements.          

In addition to clubs and projects, 4-H offers numerous in-school and after-school programs for youth. Over the next several weeks, 4-H enrollment forms will be passed out at school and should be returned as soon as possible.

After-school programs offer fun, hands-on activities for youth in a safe environment. Programs differ among communities depending on area 4-H’ers’ needs and interests, but some possible subjects include healthy living, communications, family and consumer sciences, environmental and earth science, plants and animals, science and technology and leadership. By participating in these programs, youth learn how to set goals, make sound decisions and resolve conflicts. Washington County 4-H will be holding after school 4-H club meetings at North Washington Elementary and Washington County Elementary schools this fall.  

4-H offers a world of opportunities for youth to explore. For information call (859) 336-7741.