Oct. 7-13 is National 4-H Week, and Appanoose County is celebrating 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.
Last year, the Appanoose County 4-H Program had a 16 percent growth in membership.
There are two additional clubs in Appanoose County this year, in addition to the 11 clubs that already existed. One of the new clubs is a Cooking Club. In addition to cooking, the club members will learn about food safety, kitchen measurements and many more food and kitchen related lessons. The hope is that this club will be able to send teams to the Iowa State Fair and participate in the “Cook This” Culinary Challenge.
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-H'ers receive play a vital role in helping them actively contribute to their communities. In Appanoose County, more than 225 4-H members and 50 volunteers are involved in 4‑H.
Learn how you can Join the Revolution of Responsibility at 4-H.org/revolution, or contact Courtney Chapman, county youth coordinator, at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Appanoose County at (641) 856-3885 or firstname.lastname@example.org.