4-H Youth Turn Learning Into Action – Brainerd Dispatch

BRAINERD — National 4-H Week is celebrated locally and nationally October 2-8.

At Minnesota 4-H, youth have the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of topics and, in doing so, discover their sparks, according to a news release. They then take that knowledge and use it to bring about change in their communities and beyond.

Throughout the year, more than 26,000 young people participate in established clubs and after-school programs. Research shows youth who participate in 4-H have higher grades and are more emotionally engaged with school, are more than twice as likely to be civically active and contribute to their communities, and are 47% less likely to engage in risky or problematic behaviors, depending on release.

To complement ongoing programming, 4-H members are invited to participate in additional activities at the local, regional and national levels. This spring, more than 8,600 4-H’ers took advantage of 383 additional programs offered across the state.

These included everything from project kits and knowledge contests to photography and service projects.

“Minnesota 4-H is a welcoming place for all young people,” Cassie Girling, 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator in Crow Wing County, said in the release.

Daily themes of the week include:

  • Sunday service: share a service project.
  • Make a meme Monday: Create a 4-H meme, upload it to z.umn.edu/4HMemeUpload and they’ll be shared on Saturday.
  • Teach it on Tuesday: Share about teaching others about a 4-H project or activity.
  • Wear it Wednesday: Wear a favorite 4-H shirt. Use #MN4HProud.
  • Grateful Thursday: Thank someone who has played an important role in the 4-H journey.
  • Flashback Friday: Share your best 4-H memories.

People can share posts on Facebook (Minnesota 4-H), Instagram (@minnesota4h) and Twitter (@MN4H). Use #mn4h and tag Minnesota 4-H in the message.
4-H is a youth development program at the University of Minnesota Extension. Available to youth from kindergarten through one year after high school, the program allows 4-H members to participate in hands-on learning experiences in science, technology, engineering and math; citizenship and leadership, animal science, creative arts and more. To learn more about 4-H in Crow County, contact Girling at 218-824-1069 or visit extension.umn.edu/local/crow-wing.

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