LITTLE ROCK – With fall weather finally working its way through the Mid South, and the new school year well underway, Arkansas 4-H, along with 4-H organizations across the country, is celebrating its legacy of forging future leaders through learned responsibility, challenges and engagement during National 4-H Week, Oct. 1-7.

“We really focus on leadership in 4-H,” said Angie Freel, Interim Associate Department Head for 4-H and Youth Development for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “It’s the members themselves — the kids — who do the real work of 4-H. They’re the ones who ‘make the best better.’”

“True Leaders” is the theme of this year’s National 4-H Week, which is part of the larger National 4-H month. Freel said October is a natural fit for the annual outreach efforts, because it coincides with the start of the 4-H program calendar, when 4-H officers are elected and leadership teams are formed.

Arkansas 4-H is encouraging local and county-level 4-H organizations throughout the state to engage their communities through a number of suggested activities, including adopting service projects throughout October, a “healthy living day,” making promotional videos for social media and more.

4-H organizations interested in participating in National 4-H Week can learn more about how to maximize their efforts by visiting Individuals and organizations can also share their 4-H Week activities through social media at and on Twitter at @Arkansas4H, using the hashtags #4H, #TrueLeaders and #4HGrown.

To learn about Arkansas 4-H, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit