Soon, millions of 4-H students, parents, and volunteers will start the celebration of the 76th consecutive National 4-H Week. The festivities run from Oct. 7 through 13; you can find the 4-H youth and alumni sharing the theme, Inspire Kids to Do. This year’s theme hopes to inspire the youth to take advantage of opportunities, empower them with the skills they need to succeed in life and their future career.
4-H gives today’s youth the tools to pursue their passion while creating their own course. It was founded on the belief that the youth can develop their own, unique skills, to allow them to grow and take shape in order to be the leaders of tomorrow in their communities. Research has shown that the young people involved in 4-H are nearly four times as likely to contribute to their communities and twice as like to engage in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.
“4-H is all about exploring what interests and excites you, while also developing your skills and knowledge,” said Jake DeDecker, acting state 4-H leader for Michigan 4-H. “For more than 100 years, we’ve been growing youth through 4-H and we’re excited to recognize the impact of our program, the hundreds of thousands of alumni, and our current 4-H’ers and volunteers during National 4-H Week.”
Different states will have events going on all week. For example, Tuesday Oct. 9 is Spirit Day. Be sure to wear your 4-H apparel to show your support throughout the community. The goal for National 4-H Week, is to actively engage and reach 1 million doers. Spread the word by sharing the word over social media channels and to individuals in your community.
How are you celebrating National 4-H week? Let us know in the comments and tag us in all of our social media channels throughout the week.