In Dodge County, over 650 4-H members are planning special activities and events in observance of National 4-H Week, Oct. 6-12, according to Sally Schoenike, 4-H youth development agent. The Dodge County 4-H'ers are among the more than six million young people across the country who will participate in the week-long celebration.
Dodge County 4-H'ers will be celebrating 4-H Week with their County Achievement Program on Oct. 18 at the Dodge County Administration Building Auditorium at 7 p.m. County 4-H project awards and special 4-H achievement recognition will be given.
"What we do for our youth today, we do for America tomorrow," said Schoenike in explaining the theme. "Through 4-H young people can acquire knowledge and develop life skills that enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of our society. Specifically, they learn good health habits, develop respect for themselves and others, explore career and leisure time opportunities, share responsibility for preserving the environment, learn how to use technology, and develop leadership and citizenship skills through participating in 4-H. Four-H really does make a difference, and that's something to celebrate!"
"But 4-H is not only for youth," Schoenike added. "It's for adults who, as volunteer leaders, can share their skills and expertise with young people. It's for families who can participate in the fun and learning together. It's for the community which benefits from community service carried out by 4-H youth. And, it's for America, which benefits as a new cadre of leaders take their place in our society."
It is through this network of volunteer leaders, state land-grant universities, state and local governments, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, that 4-H has been able to stimulate youth to develop life skills.
In Dodge County, nearly 300 adults volunteer leaders work with over 650 youth from 1st grade to one year beyond high school in 25 4-H clubs throughout the county. Programs are conducted in 3,100 counties nationwide. In addition, some 50 countries around the globe enroll a community of seven million youth in programs similar to 4-H.
For info., contact Sally Schoenike at (920) 386-3790 or visit http://dodge.uwex.edu/4-h-youth-development/