Every year, National 4-H Week sees millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni come together to celebrate the many positive youth development opportunities offered by 4-H.
The theme for this year’s National 4-H Week, "Opportunity4All," is a campaign that was created by National 4-H Council to rally support for Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program and identify solutions to eliminate the opportunity gap that affects 55 million kids across America.
With so many children struggling to reach their full potential, 4-H believes young people, in partnership with adults, can play a key role in creating a more promising and equitable future for youth, families and communities across the country. In 4-H, we believe every child should have an equal opportunity to succeed. We believe every child should have the skills they need to make a difference in the world.
“We believe youth perspectives are so important and a solution to eliminating the opportunity gap, because young people come with new ideas and new ways of seeing the world,” explains Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO of National 4-H Council. By encouraging diverse voices and innovative actions, 4-H believes that solutions can be found to address the educational, economic, and health issues that have created the opportunity gap.
Jackson County 4-H will observe National 4-H Week this year by asking our 4-H families to participate in some fun activities during National 4-H Week. Our schedule of activities is below:
- Oct. 5: Wear Green to School or work day
- Oct. 6: Thank a 4-H volunteer day
- Oct. 7: Register for 4-H day
- Oct. 8: Tell a Friend About 4-H day
- Oct. 9: Community service day
If you are interested in registering your child for 4-H, you can do so online at v2.4honline.com or by calling the Purdue Extension Office at 812-358-6101. Registration for the 2020/2021 4-H Program Year opens Oct. 1. Contact the Purdue Extension Jackson County Office if you have questions about the Jackson County 4-H program or need help finding a 4-H club to meet your family’s needs.
In Jackson County, more than 700 youth and 170 volunteers from the community are involved in 4-H. There are multiple ways to get involved in the Jackson County 4-H Program and a project for every interest.
Follow “Purdue Extension Jackson County” on Facebook or visit our website at extension.purdue.edu/Jackson to learn more about our programs.
4-H is the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, cultivates confident kids who tackle the issues that matter most in their communities right now.
In the United States, 4-H programs empower six million young people through the 110 land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension in more than 3,000 local offices serving every county and parish in the country.
Outside the United States, independent, country-led 4-H organizations empower one million young people in more than 50 countries.
National 4-H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of the Cooperative Extension System and 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture within the United States Department of Agriculture.
Heather VonDielingen is the Jackson County 4-H youth development educator for Purdue Extension Jackson County. Send comments to [email protected].