County youth celebrate National 4-H week

Posted October 10, 2012 at 10:53 am

October 7-13 is National 4-H Week, and Jones County is celebrating the 4-H youth who have made an impact on the community, and are stepping up to the challenges of a complex and changing world.

“4-H has helped me become a very well rounded person. Because of 4-H I am now utilizing my leadership, citizenship, and communication skills more than ever. I have been able to participate in Teen Council, Youth Committee, and State 4-H Council,” said Emily Dirks, Jones County 4-H member.

Recent findings from Tufts University’s “4-H Study of Positive Youth Development” indicate that young people in 4-H are three times more likely to contribute to their communities than youth not participating in 4-H. Notably, the Tufts research discovered that the structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that 4-H’ers receive play a vital role in helping them actively contribute to their communities. In Jones County, more than 320 4-H members and hundreds of volunteers are involved in 4‑H.

4-H youth are a living breathing, culture-changing revolution for doing the right thing, breaking through obstacles and pushing our country forward by making a measurable difference right where they live. Learn how you can Join the Revolution of Responsibility at, or contact Brittney Telleen, youth program coordinator, at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Jones County at 319-462-2791 or