During the week of October 1st—7th, DeSoto County 4-H will join together with the rest of the nation to celebrate the 4-H organization, youth and volunteers that we love so much. During National 4-H Week, we as 4-H’ers will showcase the great things that 4-H offers young people and highlight the incredible 4-H youth, volunteers and supporters in the community who work each day to make a positive impact on the community.
As we highlight program successes and the youth involved in them, we encourage youth to join the 4-H program, encourage men and women to volunteer and recognize parents for their contributions to 4-H. It is with the interest of DeSoto County Youth and the dedication of 4-H Volunteers and Parents that the DeSoto County 4-H program has been successful. With 14 active 4-H clubs and several school enrichment programs, DeSoto County 4-H reached over 2000 DeSoto County youth in during the 2016-217 4-H year. Youth involved in these programs have proved to increase not only their knowledge in the subject matter but their behaviors as well. Youth have increased their abilities to work as a team, to lead others, to be responsible, to speak to a group and most of all to be confident in themselves and their projects. The life skills that they acquire through these projects not only benefit our youth now, but will follow them in their future endeavors as well.
DeSoto County 4-H has and will continue to strive to meet the mission of 4-H, to empower youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults, as we continue to provide positive learning experiences for youth ages 5-18 through hands-on learning opportunities in safe environments. With the support of our leaders, parents and community members, youth will continue to use their head to manage and think, their heart to relate and care, their hands to give and work, and their health to be and live, just as the 4-H pledge encourages them to do through club work, project work and work in their community, country and world.
As we work to provide opportunities for today’s youth – tomorrow’s leaders, we ask that you continue to support the efforts of all those involved within the 4-H program. If you have questions or would be interested in volunteering or donating to the 4-H program, please contact Kristie Popa at the DeSoto County Extension Office at (863)993-4846 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org