LOUISBURG — More than 6 million young people across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week, which takes place annually during the first full week of October.
Franklin County 4-H will be celebrating National 4-H Week by wearing clovers and green and white to school, work and other activities. The 4-H County Council will also be gearing up for their N.C. State Fair Booth during this week with booth preparations.
“Through my experience with 4-H, my family and I have been able to start a successful farm which has led our whole family to give back to the community and 4-H through our crops, animals, and knowledge,” said Franklin County 4-H Member Taylor Farley.
Franklin County 4-H has a many opportunities for youth between the ages of 5-18 to become involved in 4-H.
They have community clubs, special interest clubs, workshops, after-school programs, special contests, community service opportunities, public speaking, leadership and citizenship programs.
The county currently has seven active 4-H clubs whish are always glad to welcome new youth and volunteers to our program.
Research has proven that participation in 4-H has a significant positive impact on young people. Recent findings from the Tufts University 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that, when compared to their peers, young people in 4-H are:
•Nearly 4 times more likely to contribute to their communities,
•Two times more likely to pursue healthy behaviors and
•Two times more likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in the out-of-school time.
In Franklin County, more than 2,900 4-H participants and 135 volunteers are involved in 4H.
Also during National 4-H Week, hundreds of thousands of youth from all around the nation will complete a single, innovative experiment on 4-H National Youth Science Day, which will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
The 2013 National Science Experiment, 4-H Maps & Apps, will introduce youth to the importance of geographic information systems (GIS) and geographic positioning systems (GPS) as they design and map their ideal park, use mapping to solve community problems and contribute data to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) The National Map program as citizen scientists through The National Map Corps project.
For more information about 4-H National Youth Science Day, see www.4-H.org/NYSD.