Across West Virginia, young people involved in 4-H are making a lasting impact. And while many parents might be scratching their heads, wondering how one organization can do all this, the answer is simple: 4-H makes learning fun. And as kids learn, they acquire skills and build confidence and become better citizens.
In fact, a recent national study of the 4-H “learn by doing” approach shows 4-H’ers are nearly twice as likely to get better grades in school and twice as likely to plan to go to college.
But for any youth-based organization to thrive, it takes the collective efforts of the children and families in our communities. There are opportunities throughout the year to become involved in Mingo County 4-H. But, there’s no better time to enroll than October.
October 5 kicks off National 4-H Week and 4-Her’s from our local schools were invited to attend the Mingo County Commission meeting on Wednesday October 7, 2015 to witness the signing of the proclamation declaring National 4-H Week.
According to Mark Whitt, “4-H is a wonderful learning experience for both youth and adults. From hands-on projects to camping there is a place for you in Mingo County 4-H. Our 4-H family is like no other as we continue “To Make The Best Better.’”
To enroll to become a member, an adult volunteer or to just learn more, feel free to contact Mark Whitt, 4-H Agent @ 304-235-2692, ext. 2.
4-H is the largest youth development organization in West Virginia, and our nation. Nearly one-in-four West Virginia youth belong to the 4-H program.
Part of the program’s appeal is that it provides a safe and welcoming environment for children from various backgrounds to thrive. That same national study also found that girls in 4-H are more than twice as likely to participate in science, engineering or computer technology programs as their peers.
It isn’t a stretch to say that 4-H changes lives and opens the door for new opportunities, said Whitt.