National 4-H Week is celebrated locally and nationally this week. Across the United States, 4-H empowers nearly 6 million young people through hands-on learning. In Minnesota, more than 66,000 young people participate in 4-H and the impact of the organization is felt statewide. For example, last year:
?? 89 percent of young people said they worked with their peers to solve problems in their community; ?? Over 11,000 young people became more involved in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) projects;
?? 93 percent explored a new activity, project or idea.
“Minnesota 4-H is a welcoming place for all young people,” said Randi Schwartz, extension educator with 4-H Youth Development in Blue Earth County. “Our theme for this year’s 4-H Week is’ Find Your Spark! and that’s a great way to describe how 4-H can positively impact a young person’s life.
4-H is operated by the University of Minnesota Extension. To learn more about 4-H in Blue Earth County, visit https://extension.umn.edu/local/blue-earth. Plus, join Blue Earth County 4-H on October 17the from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for their fall festival full of activities, crafts, games and more. Visit z.umn.edu/BE4H for more details on the Fall Festival.