This is 4-H week in Nebraska, recognizing the organization that has some 120-thousand Nebraska children and teenagers as members. 4-H spokeswoman Cheryl Entriken says the goal is to develop a young person’s citizenship, leadership and life skills.
Entriken says the program officially serves students in 4th through 12th grade and says “probably anything a young person enjoys doing can be turned into a 4-H project.” While the organization is usually thought of as an agricultural-based group, 4-H works in many other areas, including: science, engineering, technology and healthy living programs.
She says the fields include a range of topics, from home economics or sewing to sport shooting. The subject matter is not limited, she says, and it can be anything across the board so young people can have their learning extended and expanded with the help of volunteers in a variety of fields.
The organization has more than six-million members in the U-S in some 90-thousand clubs, while 4-H is also in 80 counties around the world. Entriken says she’s confident 4-H will carry on.
Thanks to the strong foundation of 4-H and what it stands for and the quality of young people coming out of the program, Entriken predicts the organization will remain active for decades to come.
For more information, visit www.4-h.org