4-H celebrates National 4-H Week
By Sissie Sandidge Bandera County 4-H Program Assi
More than 6 million young people across the country today will be celebrating National 4-H Week, which takes place annually during the first full week of October. Bandera County 4-H leverages National 4-H Week to celebrate the great things that the 4-H youth development program offers young people and highlights the incredible 4-H young people who each day work to a make a positive impact on their community.
The Bandera County 4-H Program has seven community clubs which are Pipe Creek, Lakehills, Medina, Pioneer, Horse, Shotgun and Rifle for 4-H members to join. It also offers 13 hands-on projects which include poultry, rabbits, foods & nutrition, goats, lambs, beef, dexter cattle, swine, photography, clothing and textiles, shooting sports, horse, and recreation/leadership.
Research has proven that participation in 4-H has a significant positive impact on young people. Recent findings from the Tufts University 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that, when compared to their peers, young people in 4-H are:
• Nearly 4 times more likely to contribute to their communities,
• Two times more likely to pursue healthy behaviors like, and
• Two times more likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in the out-of-school time.
In Bandera County, more than 260 4-H members and 65 volunteers are involved in 4 H.
Also during National 4-H Week, hundreds of thousands of youth from all around the nation will complete a single, innovative experiment on 4-H National Youth Science Day, which will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
The 2013 National Science Experiment, 4-H Maps & Apps, will introduce youth to the importance of geographic information systems (GIS) and geographic positioning systems (GPS) as they design and map their ideal park, use mapping to solve community problems and contribute data to the US Geological Survey (USGS) The National Map program as citizen scientists through The National Map Corps project.
The largest youth development organization in the world, 4-H is a community of seven million young people across the globe learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. In the U.S., 4-H programs are implemented by the 109 land grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System through their 3,100 local Extension offices across the country. Overseas, 4-H programs operate throughout more than 50 countries.
Learn more about 4-H contact the Bandera County Office of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at 830-796-7755 or visit their website at bandera.agrilife.org or like us on Facebook at Bandera County 4-H.