4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills.
What is 4-H?
4-H is a community of young people across Kansas engaged in learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. Caring adults who support our programs are essential for youth to achieve their potential. Adults can share guidance, knowledge and wisdom, as well as model respect and provide skills training.
4-H is a nationwide program. Each of the four H's of the clover represent ways youth can grow and develop.
H ead, critical thinking, problem solving;
H eart, self-discipline, integrity, communication;
H ands, serving others; and
H ealth, choosing healthy lifestyles.
4-H had its beginnings in rural America, but it now serves youth in urban and suburban as well as rural communities. Kansas 4-H is open to youth between the ages of 7 and 19. The new 4-H year starts in October, so many prefer to join 4-H at the start of the school year. 4-H enrollment, however, is open year round, so youth can join any time.
DISCOVERY DAYS 2013
4-H'ers Find Their Spark
Last week, 4-H'ers from the Southwind Extension District participated in Discovery Days on the campus of Kansas State University. Discovery Days is a State 4-H event for youth who were 14 to 18 years of age. Youth spend four-days immersed in the "college experience." 4-H'ers stay in the dorms, attend classes taught by youth and adult volunteers, eat in The Derby dining hall, and attend a variety of fun activities between classes and at night.
At this year's Discovery Days the theme was "Find Your Spark." Youth were encouraged to learn about what they want to do when they are ready to attend college. This is also a great way for 4-H'ers to meet others from across the state of Kansas!
After speaking with Southwind 4-H'ers, they feel they have found their spark in friendships and their future. To learn more about Kansas 4-H and the benefits of being a 4-H member check out the joinkansas4h.org or contact your local extension office.