09-10-19 Cheyenne County Youth to Celebrate National 4-H Week October 6-12

Cheyenne County Youth to Celebrate National 4-H Week October 6-12

Cheyenne Wells, Colo. (September 9, 2019) — The anticipation is building for National 4-H Week, during which millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will be celebrating everything 4-H. Cheyenne County 4-H will observe National 4-H Week this year by showcasing the incredible experiences that 4-H offers young people, and will highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them.

The theme of this year’s National 4-H Week is Inspire Kids to Do, which highlights how
4-H encourages kids to take part in hands-on learning experiences in areas such as health, science, agriculture and civic engagement. The positive environment provided by 4-H mentors ensures that kids in every county and parish in the country ̶ from urban neighbourhoods to suburban schoolyards to rural farming communities ̶ are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles and are empowered with the skills to lead in life and career. 
 

“This year we will be taking 4-H members to the commissioners and asking them to declare October 6-12 as National 4-H week. This will be the first 4-H proclamation request in the past few years. I am looking forward to working with the members and commissioners to help connect them. It is important that youth learn how to engage elected officials and understand the policy process,” Colorado State University Extension Agent Lacey Taylor said. Taylor also said 4-H club members were planning to wear clover t-shirts on Wednesday, October 9 to school in an effort to bring more awareness to the 4-H program.

In Cheyenne County, more than 64 4-H youth and 12 volunteers from the community are involved in 4‑H. Enrollment opens after October 15, 2019 for the 2020 year. In order to exhibit at the county fair all forms and payment must be received in the Cheyenne County Extension office by February 3, 2020. There are currently three 4-H clubs in the county as well as the Cheyenne County 4-H Council. 4-H club membership is open to youth ages 5-18, outreach programming is available for all ages.

“We are looking forward to the new 4-H year because we have some field trips, leadership retreat, camps, and conferences planned for our club members. We also are working with teachers to deliver programming in the schools,” Taylor said.

To learn more about how you can get involved, visit https://cheyenne.extension.colostate.edu/ and follow us on Facebook at Cheyenne County Extension.

About 4-H:

4-H, the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, cultivates confident kids who tackle the issues that matter most in their communities right now. In the United States, 4-H programs empower six million young people through the 110 land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension in more than 3,000 local offices serving every county and parish in the country. Outside the United States, independent, country-led 4-H organizations empower one million young people in more than 50 countries. National 4-H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of the Cooperative Extension System and 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Learn more about 4-H at www.4-H.org, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/4-H and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/4H.

Colorado State University Extension programs are available to all without discrimination.

Colorado State University Extension is your local university community connection for research-based information about natural resource management; living well through raising kids, eating right and spending smart; gardening and commercial horticulture; the latest agricultural production technologies and community development. Extension 4-H and youth development programs reach more than 90,000 young people annually, over half in urban communities. 

Submitted to The BARN by:

Lacey Taylor, Colorado State University Extension Agent

                              (719) 767-5716, lacey.taylor@colostate.edu