A lot of the kids in our community are part of a 4-H program. I never knew what everyone was talking about but now that we are thinking about taking part in a local club, I want to share what I found as this definitely falls in the category of fun and educational afterschool activity.
The 4-H club is a national youth development program for ages 5 to 18. The 4-H stands for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. The goal of the 4-H club is to develop citizenship, leadership, and life skills in youth through hands on program experience which focus mostly on agriculture,science, engineering, and technology programs.
Through their involvement, especially over a long term involvement, participating youth learn valuable skills. Some 4-H projects the kids can take part in include farm concepts, photography, environmental and resource conservation, cooking, presentation skills, shooting sports, history, art, among others.
The programs run all year in most states, and they also have very active and well attended summer camps.
The programs requires the participation of a large volunteer pool. I am looking into getting involved in that way as well.
They also have smaller programs for K-3rd grade for those with little ones.
What really helped us make the decision to join though was that because the program is available all the way into college, long term membership means being part of a on-going community. Add that a lot of what 4-H accomplishes is community work, and it’s a win-win.
Article By Nuria Almeida
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