From the Extension Agent’s Desk  - Why Join 4-H?

by Jeramy McNeely

As the March 1st deadline for 4-H enrollment nears, I want to encourage any and all of you to consider enrolling your children in this unique organization.  It really does more than create havoc on your life! (If I were texting, I would put an LOL right here).  In a research study conducted by The Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development along with Tufts University, the data shows that kids who are in 4-H do better in life and excel beyond their peers.  Here are some of the stats:

4-H’ers are:

  • Nearly 4x more likely to make contributions to their communities
  • About 2x more likely to be civically active
  • Nearly 2x more likely to participate in science programs during out-of-school time
  • 2x more likely in grade 10 and 3x more likely in grade 12 to take part in science programs compared to girls in other out-of-school time activities
  • Nearly 2x more likely to make healthier choices

The study also discovered that the structured out-of-school time learning, leadership experiences, and adult mentoring that young people receive through their participation in 4-H plays a vital role in helping them achieve success. They also develop skills to succeed in the workplace, improve goal-setting and decision-making skills, and how to care for the environment all while having lots of fun while learning by doing. For more information on this study you can visit

Please give it some consideration.  Maybe just try it for a year.  What could it hurt?  If interested call the office at 719-438-5321.