Fall is one of my favorite times because it is 4-H ENROLLMENT TIME! I do a wide variety of 4-H recruitment events throughout the community and get lots of great questions about what 4-H is, do you have to live on a farm/own an animal to be in 4-H, and what does 4-H offer. These are great questions and frequently asked. Therefore, I hope to answer some of that below.
The 4-H organization is America’s largest youth development organization and continues to grow each year! 4-H provides a wide variety of opportunities that empower young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime. Youth do not have to live on a farm or own an animal to be in 4-H. Youth collaborate with caring adult mentors to lead hands-on projects in areas like science, health, agriculture and citizenship. Mentors provide a positive environment where youth learn by doing. This 4-H experience is delivered by a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation. In Indiana, Purdue University delivers the 4-H experience to close to 140,000 youth!
This experience grows leaders with life skills like confidence, independence, resilience and compassion. So what does this mean? This produces 4-H members who are 4 times more likely to actively contribute to their communities and 2 times more likely to be civically active. Furthermore, 4-H members are 2 times more likely to make healthier choices and 2 times more likely to participate in STEM activities in out-of-school time.
The 4-H program has endless opportunities that help youth develop and enhance life skills that they will need now and in the future. Opportunities include, but are not limited to, projects, workshops, trips, scholarships, and so much more! There is something for everyone in the 4-H program.
Have questions about 4-H or want to learn more? Then please contact the Montgomery County Extension office at 400 Parke Avenue, Crawfordsville, IN 47933 or call (765)364-6363. 4-H enrollment is from NOW to January 15th. Don’t delay in joining such a great youth development program that provides youth with the life skills that they need now and in the years to come. To enroll or re-enroll in the Montgomery County 4-H program, please visit https://in.4honline.com. The program fee for enrolling in 4-H is $15 per child and mini 4-H (grades K-2) is free. If your child is in need of a 4-H scholarship to help with the $15 State Program fee, then please contact the office at (765)364-6363. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Abby Morgan at the Extension office at (765)364-6363 or e-mail asweet@purdue.edu.
Abby Morgan is the 4-H Youth Development Educator at Purdue Extension – Montgomery County. She can be reached at asweet@purdue.edu or (765)364-6363.