More than 7 million young people across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week the first full week in October, with Lincoln County kicking off the event on Saturday, October 5, at its 4-H Alumni and Member Pancake Breakfast at the Fairgrounds Main Exhibit Hall. Former 4-H members and volunteers from any 4-H program are being asked to contact the OSU Extension Office to receive their personal invitation.
National 4-H Week October 6-12celebrates the many great things that the 4-H youth development program offers to young people and highlights the incredible 4-H youth who work each day to make a positive impact on their community. The Alumni and Member Pancake Breakfast will offer an opportunity to reflect on and honor the accomplishments of current and past members while setting the stage for success in the coming year.
Research has proven that participation in 4-H has a significant positive impact on young people. Recent findings from the Tufts University 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that, when compared to their peers, young people in 4-H are nearly 4 times more likely to contribute to their communities, two times more likely to pursue healthy behaviors, and two times more likely to engage in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) programs in the out-of-school time.
In Lincoln County nearly 200 youth participated in 4-H activities last year including traditional 4-H clubs focusing on horses, dogs, large and small animals, and what are considered static projects like expressive arts, family and consumer science, science and technology, horticulture, natural science, communications and more. Additionally, youth explored 4-H through outdoor schools and camps, community gardens, community clubs and workshops and a variety of other 4-H opportunities.
All past, present and potential 4-H members and volunteers are encouraged to help get the 4-H year off to a great start by participating in the Alumni and Member Pancake Breakfast on October 5. To receive your personal invitation, please contact 4-H Program Coordinator Todd Williver at the Lincoln County Extension Office: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 541-574-6534.