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4-H Week celebrates youth program's offerings

4:54 PM, Oct. 8, 2013  |  Comments
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More than 6 million young people across the country are celebrating National 4-H Week, which takes place annually during the first full week of October.

Lincoln County 4-H uses National 4-H Week to celebrate the great things that the 4-H youth development program offers young people and highlights the incredible members who work each day to a make a positive impact on their community.

To kick off National 4-H Week, Lincoln County 4-H and UW-Extension 4-H Youth Development hosted 4-H Project Discovery Day on Oct. 5 at the Lincoln County Service Center in Merrill. Project Discovery Day is a day for 4-H and other community youths to learn new skills and have fun exploring the many opportunities the 4-H program in Lincoln County offers.

Throughout the week, local 4-H clubs and families put up displays in various locations in the county to promote 4-H and celebrate National 4-H Week. Sixteen 4-H members submitted posters for the National 4-H Week Poster Contest conducted by the 4-H Board of Directors for the display in the lower level of the Lincoln County Service Center.

To wrap up the celebration, the annual 4-H Recognition Banquet will be held on Saturday at Ed and Sharon's Restaurant where we will recognize the accomplishments of youths and the service by our adult volunteers for the past 4-H year.

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 four times more likely to contribute to their communities.

? Two times more likely to pursue healthy behaviors.

? Two times more likely to engage in science, technology, engineering and math programs in out-of-school time.

In Lincoln County, more than 500 youths and 170 adults are involved in 13 community 4-H clubs and five after-school 4-H clubs. If you are interested in learning more about 4-H, or want to get involved in Lincoln County 4-H, please call Debbie or Amanda at the UW-Extension office at 715-539-1072 or visit our website at http://lincoln.uwex.edu/ or subscribe to the Lincoln County 4-H Blog http://fyi.uwex.edu/lincolncounty4h/ for up to the minute 4-H news.

Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development is a program of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension in partnership with local, state and federal government in each Wisconsin county.

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