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More than 6 million young people across the country today will be celebrating National 4-H Week, which takes place annually during the first full week of October. Harlan County 4-H promotes National 4-H Week to celebrate the great things that the 4-H youth development program offers young people and highlights the incredible 4-H young people who each day work to a make a positive impact on their community.

Harlan County 4-H will celebrate 4-H week on Oct.10 with a 4-H Teen Club visit to station WKYT television in Lexington for a noon appearance. Members will discuss last year’s project for Civic Engagement Day. Harlan County 4-H visited the Mountain Santa (Mike Howard, of Wallins) workshop and spent the day with him wrapping presents.

“I really enjoyed helping Mike Howard and learning of all the things he does in the county,” said Savannah Sergent a Harlan County Teen Club member.

Harlan County 4-H is in the process of starting a new 4-H Shooting Sports project in the near future.

During National 4-H week Harlan County 4-H will partner with Tractor Supply on Oct.12 to sell Paper Clovers and funnel cakes as a fund raiser from 9 a.m. to noon. After lunch, the Teen Club will travel to Santa’s Workshop in Wallins to help wrap gifts with Santa Mike Howard. Teens are encouraged to bring a toy and wrapping paper.

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 four times more likely to contribute to their communities,
  • Two times more likely to pursue healthy behaviors.
  • Two times more likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in the out-of-school time.
  • In Harlan County, more than 4,000 youth and close to 200 volunteers are involved in 4H.

Also during National 4-H Week, hundreds of thousands of youth from all around the nation will complete a single, innovative experiment on 4-H National Youth Science Day, which will be held on Oct. 9. The 2013 National Science Experiment, 4-H Maps & Apps, will introduce youth to the importance of geographic information systems (GIS) and geographic positioning systems (GPS) as they design and map their ideal park, use mapping to solve community problems and contribute data to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) The National Map program as citizen scientists through The National Map Corps project.

About 4-H:

4-H, the largest youth development organization in the world, is a community of seven million young people across the globe learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. 4-H is in all Kentucky counties, and in every Harlan County school. In the U.S., 4-H programs are implemented by the 109 land grant universities in all fifty states and by the Cooperative Extension System through their 3,100 local Extension offices across the country. Overseas, 4-H programs operate throughout more than 50 countries.

Learn more about 4-H at www.4-H.org, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/4-H and Twitter at https://twitter.com/4H.

For more information, contact Raymond Cox, Harlan County Extension Agent for 4-H/Youth Development, at 606-573-4464 or 273-0835 or rcox@uky.edu

Educational Programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin.

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