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4-H begins project registration, recruits new leaders

By From page A1 | August 07, 2013

Now through Oct. 1, 2013, is open registration for 4-H projects. 4-H Youth Development helps young people reach their full potential as competent, confident and caring leaders of character who are connected to others and contribute to their communities.

Following enrollment, youth will participate in projects that appeal to their interests. In 4-H, youth design and participate in their own programs and activities. This unique learn-by-doing model teaches essential skills that youth will use throughout their lives, such as identifying sparks, desiring knowledge, setting goals, self-reflection, adapting to new situations, communicating and responding to the needs of others.

Whether youth are building rockets or robots, raising companion dogs or growing vegetables, 4-H gives young people the skills they need to thrive and succeed throughout their lives.

Recent findings from Tufts University’s 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that young people in 4-H are three times more likely to contribute to their communities than youth not participating in 4-H. Notably, the Tufts research discovered that the structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that 4-Hers receive play a vital role in helping them actively contribute to their communities. In El Dorado County, more than 450 4-H members and 100 adult volunteers are involved in 4-H.

How will you inspire the next generation? Do you have a skill to share with today’s youth? 4-H is looking to expand project offerings in many areas. And is seeking adult volunteers to lead projects. It’s easy too, leading a project requires just two hours a month.

4-H youth are a living breathing, culture-changing revolution for doing the right thing, breaking through obstacles and pushing our country forward by making a measurable difference right where they live. Learn how you can Join the Revolution of Responsibility at http://ucanr.org/centralsierra4-H or contact Nancy Starr at University of California Cooperative Extension, El Dorado County, at (530) 621-5503 or [email protected].

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