For the 75th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will be celebrating National 4-H Week through Oct 7. Morton County 4-H will be sharing the incredible experiences that 4-H offers young people and will highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them.

4-H uses hands-on learning to assist in the development of life skills including teamwork, communication, self-esteem and decision-making. Morton County 4-H clubs take great pride in giving back to their communities in a variety of ways through service learning projects.

4-H alumni around the country are always the first to acknowledge the significant positive impact 4-H had on them as young people; the opportunities and experiences that 4-H provides youth empowers them to become true leaders. In fact, research has shown that young people in 4-H are almost four times as likely to contribute to their communities, and are twice as likely to engage in science, technology, engineering and math programs in their free time.

In Morton County, more than 400 4-H youth and 80 volunteers from the community are involved in 4-H.

4-H, 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 6 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 1 million young people in more than 50 countries. National 4-H Council is the private sector, nonprofit 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.

Learn more about 4-H by calling the North Dakota State University Extension Office Morton County at 701-667-3340.

Karla Meikle is the Morton County Extension agent for 4-H Youth Development.

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