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.
Southwind 4-H'ers Attend SELF
4-H'ers from across the Southwind Extension District discovered the Treasures of 4-H by attending the Southeast Area Leadership Forum (SELF) in Eureka, Kansas on January 11th. SELF is a day of leadership workshops and networking led by the State 4-H Youth Council Members from the Southeast Area. Youth Council members are selected from across the state to represent each of the four areas of Kansas each November at the Kansas Youth Leadership Forum (KYLF). These members work together throughout the year to plan state leadership opportunities, such as: Citizenship in Action, Campference, and KYLF> Southwind 4-H'ers learned about being cool under pressure, livestock judging, public speaking, and leadership games. As well as, finding the value of others in an effort to better their club, community, country, and world.
Pictured: Front Row (LR): Levi Tucker, Cassidy Westhoff, Shelby Yoho, Kim Yarnell, Kendle Stockebrand. Back Row (LR): Ben Yarnell, Trent Johnson, Anna Setter, Mallory Westhoff, Jenna Kramer, and Rayanne McKinsey.