National 4-H Week is Oct. 7-13 and many 4-H clubs in the area are participating in different activities to bring attention and show people what 4-H is all about. The theme this year is “Join the Revolution of Responsibility.” The week celebrates 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.
Locally, to commemorate National 4-H Week, 4-H Clubs have decorated windows of various businesses in town that will be judged in a countywide competition. Photos of the displays will be e-mailed to the Stanislaus County 4-H office and then winners will be selected by Hi 4-H. The first, second, and third place groups receive a small monetary prize. Orange Blossom 4-H painted the windows of Oakdale Feed and Seed and Sierra 4-H Club created a display in the window of The Lilly Pad Sewing and Vacuum.
The Sierra members are also wearing the 4-H t-shirts today, Wednesday, Oct. 10, and several are also participating in an Ag Day presentation representing 4-H and agriculture at Ripon Christian School on Friday, Oct. 12. Sierra 4-H Club community leader Gina Morgan also reported that Sierra will help the Stanislaus County agricultural offices by planting trees on Saturday, Oct. 13.
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-Hers receive play a vital role in helping them actively contribute to their communities.