Why should you join 4-H?

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4-H is an opportunity of a lifetime. There are many reasons to join 4-H. 4-H is fun, their members stand out, you learn many life skills, and you can make friends with similar interests.

4-H offers many exciting chances for youth to have fun, but also learn by doing. Such chances are Teen Leadership Conference, County Fairs and Achievement Days, 4-H Camp, and State Fairs, just to name a few.

4-H members standout among their peers. According to a study conducted by Tufts University called 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development, it was found that “4-H members are two times more likely to get better grades in school and two times more likely to plan to go to college.” 4-H supports and empowers there young people. 4-H encourages youth to become active members of their communities. Most 4-H Clubs participate in community service in their communities. Service gives youth a stronger feeling of citizenship and ownership in their communities.

4-H is very adamant in teaching their youth life skills while they participate in the organization. They learn responsibility, public speaking, decision making, healthy living, and like I said above, service to their community.

4-H is the largest youth development organization, having over 6 million youth participating across the country. 4-H does not just apply to farm kids and kids in a small town. 4-H members can be found in urban neighborhoods, suburban school yards as well as rural farming communities. Because of the diversity 4-H has gained over the years, youth should have no problem gaining friends with the same interests as them and will have the chance to broaden their horizons by trying something new.

4-H has always been about making the best better. Take that step towards a better future and join the largest youth development organization. So many adventures are waiting for you! Please contact your local 4-H Office for more information, at 605-626-7120.