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Polk County Youth to Celebrate National 4-H Week October 5-11

[MENA]  More than 6 million young people across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week, an annual celebration of 4-H during the first full week of October. Polk County 4-H clubs will leverage National 4-H Week this year to showcase the great things that 4-H offers young people and highlights the incredible 4-H youth in the community who work each day to make a positive impact on the community.

Polk County has thirteen 4-H clubs around the county, insuring that everyone has a chance to join. Each club meets on their own days and times. Clubs around the county are:

• All Around 4-H Club

• Go Getters 4-H Club

• Lead 4 Life Teen 4-H Club

• Mtn. Fork Growing Clovers 4-H Club

• Mountain Valley 4-H Club

• Shining Stars 4-H Club

• Cossatot River Achievers

• Straight Shooters 4-H Club

• 4-H Junior Master Gardeners

• Kountry Kids 4-H Club

• Mighty Oaks 4-H Club

• Rocking Rebel Riders 4-H Horse Club

• Cossatot Clay Busters 4-H Club

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.

For more information on joining or volunteering in one of Polk County’s many 4-H clubs, contact Tina Lehmann at 479-394-6018 or tlehmann@uaex.edu.

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