The 2009-2010 4-H year is well under way. Most of the enrollment forms have been returned to my office. Of course there are still some trickling in, and that's ok. We can and will accept enrollments up until May. So if you haven't turned in your enrollment forms, please drop them off at the Extension Office.
In the 4-H world, we are never done recruiting. This is a continual process. We are always looking for new people. The 4-H program has so much to offer.
So why should you encourage your child, your grandchild, your niece or nephew, or even the neighbor kid to join 4-H? Because over the years, 4-H has provided millions of youth with the opportunities to develop their leadership, citizenship and life skills that have helped them become community leaders, successful professionals, whatever they dreamed of.
In 4-H all youth can succeed, regardless of circumstances. Involvement in youth development programs like 4-H increases their potential of doing well. It also reduces the likelihood that young people will engage in risky behaviors. Youth in 4-H programs develop confidence and leadership skills where they learn what they like, are able to make choices, be leaders and have their voices heard. Youth in 4-H programs are far more likely to be civically engaged that other youth. Civically engaged youth are more inclined to volunteer, participate in school and community activities, speak against inequality and for social justice, stand up to bullies, and trust adults, friends, and the community.
As I keep telling my leaders and 4-H families, Cherokee County 4-H is all about members helping members and families helping families. We do our best to foster an inclusive environment that makes everyone feel connected and valued. We laugh together, cry together, and most of all celebrate accomplishments and learning together.
Besides all that "grown up" stuff we do, we also meet new friends and have FUN!
Until next week . . .