Within the 4-H program, we believe in the power of young people. We see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. The 4-H program is America’s largest youth development organization, empowering nearly six million young people across the United States with the skills to lead for a lifetime. 
The 4-H program teaches youth the importance of giving back to not only their community but the world around them. According to a Tufts University study, 4-H’ers are more active citizens. They are 4 times more likely to actively contribute to their communities and 2 times more likely to be civically active.
4-H members contribute to their communities in a variety of ways. Recently, the Montgomery County 4-H Junior Leaders held an overnight lock-in and collected items to donate to the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County. Junior Leaders is a program for youth in grades 7-12 and focuses on the development of leadership skills, as well as service learning and fellowship. They also provide guidance and mentorship to younger 4-H members, assist with local and county 4-H activities, and have FUN! This group of great leaders collected 132 items to donate to the Animal Welfare League. Items ranged from office supplies, animal beds, food, toys, and more! More importantly, these youth saw a need in their community and worked to meet that need through giving back. 
Interested in joining 4-H and giving back to the community? 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. 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 for Purdue Extension – Montgomery County. She can be reached at asweet@purdue.edu or (765)364-6363