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Youth Celebrate National 4-H Week October 4-10

Colorado 4-H members will join 4-H members from across the nation in participating in 2009 National 4-H Week from Oct. 4-10 by promoting all that 4-H has to offer and the positive difference it makes in their communities.

Multiple 4-H clubs have put up window displays promoting 4-H in local businesses throughout different towns in the state.

The fundamental 4-H ideal of practical, “learn by doing” experiences, encourages youth to experiment, innovate and think independently. The programs are offered through school-based, after-school and camp settings and within community clubs, said Mary Kate Stevens of La Salle, Weld 4-H Youth Executive Council president and Colorado 4-H District II president.

“4-H is an extraordinary organization that helps to build self-esteem and leadership skills … and helps with the development of life skills which you can use daily, and to build friendships that you will have for a lifetime,” she said.

4-H began more than a century ago as an educational program for the nation’s rural youth. It remains America’s largest out-of-school eduation program for boys and girls.

4-H is conducted by the Extension System of the nation’s land-grant universities through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and county governments across the country.

In Weld County, there are almost 1,000

4-H members and 300 volunteers who are actively involved in 4-H.

To learn how to become a 4-H member

or a volunteer leader, please contact your local county extension office or go to the Colorado State University Extension Web site at