National 4-H week is Oct. 2 through Oct. 8, and area counties are celebrating 4-H youth who have made an impact on the community and are stepping up to the challenges of a complex and changing world.
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. The Tufts research discovered that the structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that 4-Her's receive play a vital role in helping them get involved in their communities.
During 4-H week, youth from all over the nation will complete a single, innovative experiment on 4-H National Youth Science Day, which will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 5. The 2011 National Science Experiment, "Wired for Wind," will introduce young people to the possibilities of using wind as a clean, widely available and low-cost source of renewable
Barry County 4-H groups and leaders include McDowell 4-H, Jerry Thomas; and Exeter Trailblazers, Sherry Tucker. There is also a new club forming in Wheaton with Jerry Skinner as the leader.
For more information or to join a club in Barry County, call Jeremy Elliott-Engel at 417-455-9500.