Anyone interested in joining a new 4-H Club in the Mena area is invited to attend an organizational meeting on Thursday, March 2. This initial meeting to organize will be held at the First Methodist Church in Mena. The meeting will begin at 6:00 and last approximately an hour and a half.
The 4-H program is the youth development program of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. The Cooperative Extension Service is available in every county in the state. County Agents are on staff to serve the community in the areas of agriculture, 4-H, family and consumer science, and community and economic development. The 4-H program serves youth from the age of 5 until 19. Youth ages 5-8 are designated as “cloverbud” members and become eligible for full membership at age 9.
The 4-H program is more than raising animals for the county fair. 4-H has project areas for any interest area. The program uses a youth’s interest in a project to develop life skills to become a productive member of our society. Research shows that 4-H members are 2.5 times more likely to go to college; 50% less likely to smoke, shoplift, or use illegal drugs, 20% more likely to hold a leadership position in their school or community; and 24% more likely to get involved in projects that “help others” than their non 4-H member peers.
4-H members learn how to plan, organize, and conduct a meeting; how to work together to achieve goals; how to keep records; be responsible and meet life goals; as well as how to serve the community and make things happen. They have the opportunity to get involved at the club, county, district, state, and even national level through project work. There are camps, workshops, competitions, tours, scholarships, and career opportunities available in the program.
4-H is conducted by the U of A Extension staff through certified volunteer leaders who are trained to provide safe, positive, and educational experiences for our youth. It is a family affair. The most successful 4-H members always have involved and active parents. Come join us! We think you may be surprised at what 4-H has to offer your family.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your (insert appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.