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 4-H.org/revolution, or contact Brittney Telleen, youth program coordinator, at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Jones County at 319-462-2791 or btelleen@iastate.edu.

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