Now is the time to join 4-H in Missouri

Posted October 24, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Open enrollment for 4-H clubs in Missouri is underway now and runs from Sept. 1 to Dec. 1.

As the largest out-of-school youth organization in the world, 4-H is open to all boys and girls, ages 5 to18. Children who are five to seven years old (by Dec. 2010) are eligible for 4-H Clover Kids, an introductory program.

Youth who are 8 to 18 years of age (by Dec. 31, 2013) can select from a variety of 4-H projects and activities. Most of the options stress social and life skills in areas like decision making, communication, social interaction, civic responsibility and physical skills.

“You do not have to live on a farm to join 4-H,” said Sarah Wright, a 4-H youth development specialist in Cedar County with University of Missouri Extension. “Project opportunities include computers, robotics, foods and nutrition, horticulture, large and small animals and much more.”

“Agriculture continues to be a strong project area for members in Cedar County 4-H with many of the top projects being all in the livestock areas, like beef, market goats and poultry,” Ms. Wright said.

“We know that active youth enrolled in 4-H are more likely to go to and successfully complete college education, and, are more likely to return and contribute positively to their home communities,” she said.

Missouri 4-H is University of Missouri Extension’s youth development program. The program is designed to help to create opportunities for young people to be valued, contributing members of their community. There are opportunities for adults to volunteer and for parents to be involved with their children at all levels of the 4-H program.

Residents of Cedar County can contact this 4-H youth development specialist for information: Sarah Wright 417/276-3313 or wrightsarah@missouri.edu.