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Time to join 4-H

By Deana K. Reed

 Back-to-school time is a great time to make new starts, try new things and meet new friends. Young people can do all of this through 4-H.

 While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we do many things, including the ways we deliver 4-H programming, youth still have opportunities to participate in 4-H. Meade County 4-H will be hosting many virtual events throughout this fall and into spring 2021.

 Current programs accepting registration include an art club (for ages 9-18) and 4-H Cloverbud club (for ages 5-8). Upcoming topics include: cooking, STEAM, farm frenzy and a home alone series that will teach safety to youth ages nine an up. Our organized clubs will be meeting virtually as well, until it is safe to resume in-person meetings.

 This year, registration will open mid-September; interested youth (including current members) will need to complete and return an enrollment form to the Extension Office. Our form can be located on our webpage:

 4-H offers experiential learning to youth ages 9 to 18 with something for all interests. Through 4-H, youth can develop a new hobby or learn more about a particular topic that already interests them. By participating in 4-H, young people develop many essential life skills, including responsibility, leadership, effective communication and self-esteem.

 Young people can take part in 4-H by getting involved in clubs or completing projects. Clubs provide them with a chance to learn something new, practice leadership skills and make new friends Topics vary depending on local youth interests and range from animals to communications to financial management. From science to crafts, youth of all ages and abilities will find something that interests them in 4-H projects. By completing projects, they not only develop new interests and hobbies but also important skills such as self-confidence, time management and critical thinking.

 4-H activities can reinforce subjects youth study in school and provide additional learning and enrichment opportunities. They are also great boredom busters. Meade County 4-H also have some virtual options for teachers who would like to incorporate 4-H Youth Development into their classwork.

 4-H offers a world of possibilities for youth to explore. For more information on how your young person can get involved, contact Deana K. Reed,, at the Meade County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.

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