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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

National 4-H Week (October 5-11) News Release

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 109 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).

Research has proven that participation in 4-H has a significant positive impact on young people. Recent findings from the Tufts University 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that, when compared to their peers, young people in 4-H are:

·       Nearly four times more likely to contribute to their communities,

·       Two times more likely to pursue healthy behaviors like, and

·       Two times more likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in the out-of-school time. 

In Dakota County more than 1000 4-H youth and 400 volunteers from the community are involved in 4‑H.

More than 6 million young people across the country today will celebrate National 4-H Week, an annual celebration of 4-H during the first full week of October. Dakota County 4-H will leverage National 4-H Week this year to showcase the great things that 4-H offers young people and highlights the incredible 4-H youth in the community who work each day to make a positive impact on the community.

The Dakota County 4-H Program will be celebrating National 4-H week all month throughout the county at various community events and festivals.   Check us out at "On the Road Again" in South St Paul from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on October 4; at Halloween Hoopla on Saturday October 18th from 2:00 to 6:00 pm at the Dakota County Extension and Conservation Center in Farmington http://www3.extension.umn.edu/sites/default/files/download/dakota-county-halloween-hoopla_0.pdf and at the Haunted Woods Trail from 6:00- 8:00 pm. at Central Park in Rosemount on October 25th.   

For information on clubs and meeting times in your area, go to   http://www3.extension.umn.edu/county/dakota/4-h/article/dakota-county-4-h-clubs

Check out Dakota County 4-H on the web at:  http://www3.extension.umn.edu/county/dakota/4-h

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/dakota.county4h  

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