National 4-H Week Is October 2-8U of I Extension Center News – Oct. 5, 2016

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Washington County youth are joining the more than 6 million 4-H members across the nation in celebration of National 4-H Week Oct. 2-8.

“4-H’s learn by doing philosophy encourages youth to experiment, innovate, and think independently, said Liz Miller, University of Illinois Extension Youth Educator for Bond, Clinton, Jefferson, Marion and Washington Counties. “4-H grows confident kids who tackle issues that matter most in their communities.”

4-H members determine their own path in 4-H. “Youth have a strong voice in 4-H clubs and are actively determining the programs and activities in their clubs,” said Dr. Lisa Diaz, assistant dean and director of the Illinois 4-H program. “4-H gives youth skills to be independent masters of their future by giving them real-life experiences in teaching others, providing youth voice on planning committees, advocating for positive change in their communities and gaining much-needed skills for the workplace.”

Illinois 4-H members prepare for their future by studying careers related to their 4-H project. “They choose from more than 100 projects to study,” said Miller. The topics range from rocketry, GPS, computer game design, and public speaking to photography, animal science, nutrition, and more.

“The project work builds a youth’s leadership, communication, organization, and decision-making skills,” said Miller.

One out of every seven adults in the U.S. is a former 4-H member. Learn more about joining 4-H by contacting University of Illinois Extension in Washington County at 618-327-8881.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact the extension office at (618)327-8881

National 4-H Week

October 2-8

Washington County 4-H members enjoying 4-H camp last summer.