The anticipation has been building for National 4-H Week, during which millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will be celebrating everything 4-H.
The theme of this year’s National 4-H Week is Inspire Kids to Do, which highlights how
4-H encourages kids to take part in hands-on learning experiences in areas such as health, science, agriculture and civic engagement. The positive environment provided by 4-H mentors ensures that kids in every county and parish in the country ̶ from urban neighborhoods to suburban schoolyards to rural farming communities ̶ are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles and are empowered with the skills to lead in life and career.
“4-H gives local youth an opportunity to be part of a club, to learn new skills, and to build self-confidence,” said Timmy Mann, extension agent. “With approximately 100 4-H clubs in the county, each club is encouraged to complete a service project each year, many of which benefit local and county residents. From trash pickup to placing flags on the graves of veterans to animal shelter donations, 4-H members use their hands for larger service.”
In Robertson County more than 2400 4-H youth and thirty plus volunteers from the community are involved in 4-H. UT Extension and 4-H programs are available to all eligible persons.
What’s new in Robertson County is a new SPIN Club (special interest) featuring robotics and VEX robotics competition. Teen leaders led a robotics group last year, and plan to have another in 2020.
Also new this year is Next Chapter, a UT program to help 8th – 12th graders prepare for the “next chapter” after high school. Schools interested in offering this program to their students, can contact the Extension Office in Springfield.
Traditionally, 4-H delivers programs on communication skill building, and public speaking comes up this month in the local clubs. From 4th graders making their best delivery of a one-minute poem or story to the 5th – 8th graders writing a persuasive speech on any topic to the 9th – 12th graders sharing a 4-H speech, public speaking is an important lifeskill.
Save the date! We already have the date for the next 4-H Junior Camp – May 25-29, 2020. Spaces are always limited for this camp dedicated to 4th – 6th grade youth.
One of the most anticipated events of National 4-H Week every year is 4-H National Youth Science Day, which sees hundreds of thousands of youth across the nation taking part in the world’s largest youth-led STEM challenge. The exciting theme for this year’s challenge is Game Changers, which will run throughout October. Developed by Google and West Virginia University Extension Service, Game Changers will teach kids coding skills through fun exercises including gaming, puzzles and physical activity.
To learn more about how you can get involved, contact UT Extension-Robertson County at 408 N. Main Street, Springfield.