4-H Sign-Up Time!
With an expansive network reaching every corner of the country, 4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. More than 6 million 4-H youth in urban neighborhoods, suburban schoolyards and rural farming communities stand out among their peers: building revolutionary opportunities and implementing community-wide change at an early age.
As the youth development program of the nation’s 109 land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System, 4-H fosters an innovative, “learn by doing” approach with proven results. The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development, a longitudinal study conducted by the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University, shows youth engaged with 4-H are:
• Nearly two times more likely to get better grades in school;
• Nearly two times more likely to plan to go to college;
• 41 percent less likely to engage in risky behaviors; and
• 25 percent more likely to positively contribute to their families and communities.
In Yuma County, it is the time of year to sign up with a 4H Community Club. Each club is composed of youth in any number of projects. Some of them include: raising livestock, horses, dogs, small pets, photography, art, shooting sports, small engines, horticulture, sewing, cooking and more!
Community Club meetings are once a month. Project meetings may be several times a month depending on the project. Open to youth from ages 9 – 19. For the younger set, 5 to 8 there is a group called Cloverbuds that meets to work on fun projects of various types in a noncompetitive atmosphere. For help choosing a Community Club that works for your family, call the Cooperative Extension office in Yuma at 928-726-3904 or learn more here.