By Deana K. Reed
Every year, National 4-H Week sees millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni come together to celebrate the many positive youth development opportunities offered by 4-H. The theme for this year’s National 4-H week, Opportunity4All, is a campaign that was created by National 4-H Council to rally support for Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program and identify solutions to eliminate the opportunity gap that affects 55 million kids across America.
With so many children struggling to reach their full potential, 4-H believes that young people, in partnership with adults, can play a key role in creating a more promising and equitable future for our youth, families and communities across the country. In 4-H, we believe every child should have an equal opportunity to succeed. We believe every child should have the skills they need to make a difference in the world.
Meade County 4-H will be celebrating National 4-H Week in a variety of ways. The annual membership drive will be taking place: 1. The first 100 enrollments received will receive a Meade County 4-H hat to proudly wear and show their 4-H pride; 2. Youth in grades K-5 are invited to compete in the 4-H coloring contest; 3. All youth, ages 5-18, are encouraged to complete the Green Scavenger Hunt for prizes; and 4. All youth, ages 5-18, are invited to submit a photo for the “What 4-H Means To Me!” photo contest. Details of all these activities can be found on our 4-H Week website.
“The Meade County 4-H Youth Development program has a club, project or learning opportunity for every youth, ages 5-18. We are adjusting club and program efforts this year to provide youth with virtual options until we can, once again, meet face to face.” Said Deana K. Reed, County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development Education. “Currently, we are promoting our 4-H Cloverbud club for ages 5-8 and our “at home” STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) program for youth in grades 2-5.” All Fall 2020 program options can be found on the Meade County 4-H webpage.
In Meade County, more than 1,700 4-H youth, 85 volunteers (41 adults, 44 teens) from the community are involved in 4-H. One of the most anticipated events of National 4-H Week every year is the 4-H STEM Challenge, formerly known as the National Youth Science Day. The theme of this year’s event, which is expected to see hundreds of thousands of youth across the nation taking part through October, is Mars Base Camp. Mars Base Camp is a collection of activities that teaches kids, ages 8-14, STEM skills, including mechanical engineering, physics, computer science and agriculture; Meade County 4-H will be offering this program in early 2021.
For more information, please contact Deana K. Reed at email@example.com.
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