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4-H youths turn learning into action

National 4-H Week is being celebrated locally and nationally this week, Oct. 2-8.

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Extension staff, Cassie Girling(front left) and 4-H youth Laura Lust, presented a program update and National 4-H week proclamation to the Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners, Doug Houge(back left), Bill Brekken, Paul Koering, Steve Barrows and Rosemary Franzen, on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022.
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BRAINERD — National 4-H Week is being celebrated locally and nationally Oct. 2-8.

In Minnesota 4-H, youths have the opportunity to learn about a huge variety of topics and in the process, discover their sparks, a news release stated. They then take that knowledge and put it to use to make a change in their communities and beyond.

Throughout the year, more than 26,000 youths engage in established clubs and after-school programming. Research shows youths who participate in 4-H have better 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 have risky or problem behaviors, according to the release.

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

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

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“Minnesota 4-H is a welcoming place for all youth,” stated Cassie Girling, extension educator in 4-H youth development in Crow Wing County, in the release.

Daily themes for the week include:

  • Service Sunday: Share a service project.
  • Make a Meme Monday: Create a 4-H meme, upload it to z.umn.edu/4HMemeUpload and they will be shared Saturday.
  • Teach it Tuesday: Share about teaching others about a 4-H project or activity.
  • Wear it Wednesday: Wear a favorite 4-H shirt. Use #MN4HProud.
  • Thankful Thursday: Thank someone who has been an important part of the 4-H journey.
  • Flashback Friday: Share a favorite 4-H memories.

People may share posts on Facebook (Minnesota 4-H), Instagram (@minnesota4h) and Twitter (@MN4H). Use the #mn4h and to tag Minnesota 4-H in the post.
4-H is a youth development program of the University of Minnesota Extension. Available for youths in kindergarten through one year after high school, the program allows 4-H’ers to participate in hands-on learning experiences in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; 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 .

Related Topics: 4-HCROW WING COUNTY
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