Now is the time of year for youth to join and participate in 4-H, the youth development program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Dallas County will be celebrating all things 4-H during National 4-H Week October 1-7.
4-H is active in each of Iowa’s 99 counties and empowers youth to reach their full potential through many different types of experiences experiences including photography, music, woodworking, sewing, archery, livestock and horticulture.
Youth have fun while gaining valuable skills in communication and the arts, citizenship and leadership, science, technology, engineering and math, as well as healthy living and personal life management by being involved in 4-H.
Dallas County is home to 390 4-H’ers and 141 Clover Kids (kids in K-3rd grade). In partnership with Dallas County libraires and child centers in Clive and Waukee, nearly 450 children participated in Dallas County Extension STEM day camps in 2016.
“As National 4-H Week approaches it is important to remember the 4-H pledge, which is recited at nearly every 4-H club meeting, and what it teaches. ‘I pledge my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service and my Health to better living, for my club, my community, my country and my world,’” Aleta Cochran, Dallas County Youth Coordinator said.
4-H grows confidence, creativity, curiosity, courage, character and much more in youth. 4-H allows youth to use the skills that they learn to go out and make a positive difference in their communities.