National 4-H Week October 7-13, 2018

It’s National 4-H Week and that’s reason to celebrate! For the 76th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will be celebrating National 4-H Week from October 7 – 13, 2018. Utilizing the national theme this year of “Inspire Kids to Do,” the University of Delaware 4-H Youth Development clubs and groups across the state will join in this activity as they celebrate the ways 4-H has changed their lives and communities.

4-H got its start in rural fields, but today it’s everywhere—from city streets and schools, to neighborhoods and universities. That’s why 4-H has stayed important for more than 100 years. 4-H alumni around the country are always the first to acknowledge the significant positive impact 4-H had on them as young people; the opportunities and experiences that 4-H provides youth empowers them to become true leaders. In fact, research has shown that young people in 4-H are almost four times as likely to contribute to their communities, and are twice as likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in their free time.

4-H, the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, cultivates confident youth 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).

On Tuesday, October 9th, three of our State Teen Council officers; Jenna Anger – Secretary, Hunter Willoughby – NCC Representative and Garrett Geidel – President, visited with Governor Carney to sign a proclamation for National 4-H Week.