IOWA CITY– Iowa youth are invited to join the revolution– the “4-H Revolution of Responsibility,” that is.
The 4-H Revolution of Responsibility is a national 4-H slogan, explained Shelly Greving, marketing director with ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development. “4-H is a movement for positive change in every Iowa community and throughout America. 4-H youth are a living, breathing, culture-changing revolution for doing the right thing, breaking through obstacles and pushing our country forward by making a measurable difference right where they live.”
One in five Iowa school-age youth participates in ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development programs, headquartered at the Iowa State University campus in Ames and available through ISU Extension and outreach offices in all Iowa counties. In 4-H, youth build leadership, citizenship, communication and life skills, and they learn by doing, whether through 4-H clubs, special interest groups, school enrichment or other 4-H programs.
“Children and youth learn best when they can ‘do’– this is experiential education,” Greving said. “4-H clubs can be general interest or focus on specific topics such as robotics, photography, gardening, clothing, shooting sports, food and nutrition or just about any topic that interests kids and teens.”
The 4-H program is growing throughout Iowa, Greving said. Several counties were recognized for the growth in their local 4-H programs at the state 4-H youth development staff meeting in Ames earlier this month. Johnson County 4-H is proud to report it reached nine percent growth and is among the top five-largest 4-H programs in the state.
Local youth in grades fourth through 12th can find out more information about 4-H Revolution and opportunities by contacting the Johnson County Extension Office, 319-337-2145.