Wisconsin honors the impact of 4-H youth during National 4-H Week October 4-10

Contact: Jackie Askins, jackie.askins@ces.uwex.edu or (608) 262-8083

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University of Wisconsin-Extension 4-H Youth Development clubs and groups across the state will celebrate the ways 4-H has changed their lives and communities during National 4-H Week October 4-10, 2015. County programs will host open houses and introductory events to raise awareness about 4-H and the many ways Wisconsin 4-H youth and adults give back to their communities.

These events also help youth and families connect to the variety of fun and educational experiences available through 4-H Youth Development.

“4-H has a great reputation even though many people don’t know it’s available in towns, suburbs and large cities across Wisconsin,” says Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development Program Director Dale Leidheiser. “What’s rural about robotics, science, photography, and dozens of other activities designed for children no matter where they live?”

Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development programs provide fun, hands-on learning in a safe, welcoming atmosphere, giving youth the support and space they need to master the necessary skills for future success.

“Children today will have jobs and careers that haven’t yet been invented,” Leidheiser says. “4-H will develop the life skills transferable to any career so they can learn, adapt and thrive whatever the future holds!”

Many 4-H clubs and groups around the state will also participate in the 4-H National Youth Science Day experiment on October 7. Every year, 4-H’ers around the nation practice their critical thinking and problem-solving skills with a different experiment. This year, youth with explore physics, speed and safety with Motion Commotion, an experiment from Oregon State University Cooperative Extension that uses toy cars to simulate a speeding car collision and distracted driving.

Visit http://4h.uwex.edu/ to learn more about Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development, and contact your county UW-Extension educator to explore 4-H opportunities in your area: http://counties.extension.wisc.edu/

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