4-H Youth

National 4-H Week October 1-7, 2017

The 4-H Experience

4-H is delivered by Cooperative Extension—a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation that provides experiences where young people learn by doing. Kids complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture and citizenship, in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles.

Kids experience 4-H in every county and parish in the country—through in-school and after-school programs, school and community clubs and 4-H camps. These 4-H experiences grow young people who are four times more likely to contribute to their communities, two times more likely to make healthy decisions and two times more likely to pursue STEM opportunities outside of school.

4-H empowers young people to be true leaders.  True leaders are young people who have confidence; know how to work well with others; can endure through challenges; and will stick to a job until it gets done.  4-H’ers have risen to high points of achievement and leadership in virtually every industry and sector. Including such “true leaders” as Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Jennifer Nettles; Facebook executive and “News Feed” inventor Andrew

Bosworth; former U.S. vice president Al Gore; tech guru and founder of Aspera Software Michelle Munson; business leader and CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Javier Palomarez; Retired NBA player and business entrepreneur Earvin “Magic” Johnson; and former NASA Chief Astronaut Peggy Whitson, to name a few.

In 4-H, we believe true leaders aren’t born— they are grown. The 4-H experience is proven to grow true leaders with life skills such as confidence, independence, resilience and compassion.  While the educational experience of 4-H is designed for youth, adult involvement is key to a young person’s skill development.  Sharing activities with siblings, parents, grandparents and friends builds strong family relationships.  With so many projects to choose from, there is sure to be one that will spark interest in your family. To learn how you can grow the next generation of leaders, please contact a local 4-H office today!

You can make a difference in a child’s life.
Share Your Talent and Volunteer!

Why help 4-H?

4-H is the belief that every child has the potential to be a true  leader.  We teach 4-H members how to think, not what to think.  It is an informal program though which caring adults help young people develop confidence, social skills, decision-making abilities, and subject matter knowledge. Volunteers can be parents, college students, teachers, working professionals, and retired folks.  4-H is for everybody regardless of their ethnic background, race, creed, gender identity or disability.

 4-H Volunteers Help Build Strong Communities

Adult volunteers are vital to creating an environment where youth have opportunities to thrive.   Jackson County has the 4th largest 4-H program in Oregon, so there are many volunteer opportunities to choose from.  Typically efforts begin at the club level or with a county event.  Mentors can help in areas such as: horse, photography, shooting sports, art, communications, theater and more!  And as you grow, we hope you can assist with summer and winter camps, national youth science day, robotics, interstate trips, county fair and much more.  We are interested in caring adults who enjoy sharing their talents in a way that has a positive impact on youth. 

 I don’t know anything about cattle or sewing.  Can I still help?

Yes!  No experience necessary – we’ll train you!  You decide the level of involvement that fits your skills and schedule.  You can live anywhere in Jackson County, but you must be at least 18 years old, and 21 years old to chaperone on overnight trips - and be able to pass a criminal background check.  There are a variety of ways you can help.  You can lead a club, teach an afterschool program, serve as a chaperone, judge a contest, raise funds for a trip, design a community service project or work with other adults to create fun and exciting programs.   Whether you want to give an hour or a year, 4-H has an opportunity for you!

Lena Hosking | Assistant Professor of Practice
4-H Youth Development

OSU Extension Service – Jackson County
College of Public Health & Human Sciences

Oregon State University
Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center
569 Hanley Road
Central Point, OR 97502
Office: 541-776-7371 ext. 205 | Cell: 541-727-4237

Lena.Hosking@oregonstate.edu        http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/4h





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