More than 6 million young people across the country will be celebrating National 4-H Week, which takes place annually during the first full week of October.

Logan County 4-H leverages National 4-H Week to celebrate the great things that the 4-H youth development program offers young people and highlights the incredible 4-H young people who each day work to a make a positive impact on their community.

Logan County 4-Hers will be participating in local community service projects, wear green day, Quorum Court appreciation night, and many other projects.

"4-H has been an awesome opportunity for me because I have been able to meet new people, improve my public speaking and leadership skills, and learn about a variety of things. Because of 4-H, I decided to go into Agriculture Education so I can be a 4-H agent someday and help kids get the same experience," said Logan County 4-H Member Hannah Toland.

4-H in Logan County is expanding to include 3 new clubs this year, one of which will be a "Teen Leader Club". The purpose of this club is to give youth opportunities to develop leadership skills that will help them in their future endeavors. The members of this club will be elected as representatives from their main club and will assist in the planning and implementation of new 4-H programs in the county.

Research has proven that participation in 4-H has a significant positive impact on young people. Recent findings from the Tufts University 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that, when compared to their peers, young people in 4-H are:

• Nearly four times more likely to contribute to their communities,

• Two times more likely to pursue healthy behaviors, and

• Two times more likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in the out-of-school time.

In Logan County, more than 120 4-H members and 50 volunteers are involved in 4 H.

About 4-H:

4-H, the largest youth development organization in the world, is a community of seven million young people across the globe learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. In the U.S., 4-H programs are implemented by the 109 land grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System through their 3,100 local Extension offices across the country. Overseas, 4-H programs operate throughout more than 50 countries.

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