Lafayette County youth to celebrate National 4-H Week
The anticipation is building for National 4-H Week, Oct. 6-12, during which millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will be celebrating everything 4-H. Lafayette 4-H will observe National 4-H Week this year by showcasing the incredible experiences that 4-H offers young people, and will highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them.
The theme of this year’s National 4-H Week is “Inspire Kids to Do,” which highlights how 4-H encourages kids to take part in hands-on learning experiences in areas such as health, science, agriculture and civic engagement. The positive environment provided by 4-H mentors ensures that kids in every county and parish in the country — from urban neighborhoods to suburban schoolyards to rural farming communities — are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles and are empowered with the skills to lead in life and career.
Celebrating National 4-H Week serves as a kick-off for the new 4-H Club year.
In Lafayette County, more than 340 4-H youth and 170 volunteers from the community are involved in 4-H. Members and volunteers live in towns and rural areas throughout Lafayette County. Membership is open to all youth, ages five to 18. Through 4-H, young people learn practical skills, explore career opportunities, gain leadership capabilities, and become involved as citizens in the their communities.
One of the most anticipated events of National 4-H Week every year is 4-H National Youth Science Day, which sees hundreds of thousands of youth across the nation taking part in the world’s largest youth-led STEM challenge. The exciting theme for this year’s challenge is Game Changers, which will run throughout October. Developed by Google and West Virginia University Extension Service, Game Changers will teach kids coding skills through fun exercises including gaming, puzzles and physical activity. To learn more about how you can get involved, visit www.4-h.org/.
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 6 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).
Look for more about Lafayette County 4-H members in the Oct. 9 edition of The Concordian.