It’s that time of year for the 4-H program to begin anew. Fayette County’s enrollment deadline is March 2 this year, due to the first falling on a Sunday.
4-H is a non-formal educational, youth development program offered to individuals age 5 and in kindergarten to age 19. Ohio 4-H youth development reaches more than 240,000 youth each year – helping kids “learn by doing” through hands-on activities.
All 4-H programs focus on active involvement and quality experiences which stimulate lifelong learning of values and skills. 4-H members learn valuable lessons in leadership, communication and collaboration while increasing their knowledge in math, science, technology and a variety of other topics.
4-H creates fun while learning in a variety of ways. Kids can participate in 4-H through community clubs, camps, in-school and after-school activities, and summer programs. They increase their self-confidence and personal life skills while learning about specific subjects – anything from animals or computers to public speaking, cooking, art, gardening and environmental sciences, just to name a few project topics.
How does someone get started? You can stop into the Extension office to pick up a new member packet or reach out to a club you are already familiar with. Once a potential new member has selected a club and is attending meetings, advisors in the club will help you with completing the enrollment form and selecting projects. All this needs to be completed by March 2.