|4-H Week — Join the Revolution of Responsibility|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 06 October 2011 14:51|
By Kimberly Cook
UNL Extension Educator
It’s National 4-H Week. This year’s theme is “Join the Revolution of Responsibility”. Here are just a few reasons why you should join 4-H and the Revolution of Responsibility.
4-H is America’s largest out-of-school education program for boys and girls. It is a worldwide youth development program available in every state and many countries. Youth who participate in 4-H, get what all young people need to succeed in life--the confidence, compassion and connections with caring adults to make contributions to their communities.
•4-H is youth development. It is people sharing, learning, growing and becoming the best they can be.
•4-H is life skills. Through real-life situations, 4-H helps youth develop life skills such as: communication, citizenship, decision-making, leadership, interpersonal relations and community and global awareness. Youth learn these practical skills through hundreds of projects like cooking, wildlife, livestock, nutrition, sewing, shooting sports, ceramics, electricity, computers, science, and many more.
•4-H is one of a kind! It provides learning experiences in which youth, with help from parents, caring adults and older youth leaders, grow personally as they develop skills for living. 4-H'ers has fun while they work and learn together. 4-H takes place in meetings, project groups, individual project work, schools, special activities or events. Skills learned through 4-H help youth become better members of their families, communities and world. 4-H participants explore careers and positive leisure-time activities. The 4-H Youth Development program creates an educational environment for positive development of culturally-diverse youth that enables them to reach their fullest potential. 4-H accomplishes its mission through non-informal education.
•4-H is family and community-oriented. Parents play a critical role in volunteering with the program to support their children. Volunteer 4-H leaders share their time and talents to help 4-H’ers “learn by doing.” Work on projects takes place at home, in the yard or around the kitchen table, with guidance from a parent, an older brother or sister, or a neighbor. The 4-H member needs the support and encouragement of a family and growing together through 4-H strengthens the family. 4-H members devote time to community service in a wide variety of projects, ranging from helping the elderly and disabled, to restoring historic sites, to landscaping public buildings to helping preserve their environment.
•4-H is open to all. 4-H happens everywhere. It is in the city, suburbs and small towns, on farms and ranches. The 4-H program is open to all who wish to participate without regard to race, creed, gender, marital status, handicaps or disadvantages, economic or ethnic backgrounds.
•4-H is a publicly-supported informal education program. County, state and federal funds are combined in a unique partnership to support this educational youth development program.
The curriculum is provided through your land-grant university, which in Nebraska is the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Private funds from individuals, businesses and organizations enhance the 4-H program by providing support for special events, awards, and recognition and support supplemental educational materials.
•4-H is flexible. Hundreds of projects and activities provide opportunities for all youth regardless of location, race or economic situation. Project and program requirements can be modified to meet the needs and interests of special groups.
4-H is FUN!
4-H has something for everyone to help them “Join the Revolution of Responsibility”! To find out how you can become involved, contact your local University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Office or go to 4h.unl.edu.