Enrollment Season for 4-H Begins on January 1

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Crystal Starkes Union County 4H agent and 4H student leaders

Now is the perfect time to start discussing your child’s participation in Union County 4-H? The new 4-H year begins on January 1, 2020. Youth can join as a club member or a member-at-large meaning they are not formally affiliated with any club but would like all of the same opportunities and access as club members. Union County 4-H has a variety of clubs for families and youth to choose from include a new dog husbandry club which will be starting in January. 

According to the 4-H website, “Kids build life skills by leading hands-on projects in areas like science, health, agriculture and, civic engagement – helping them to grow confidence, independence, resilience, and compassion. Adult mentors provide a positive environment where they learn by doing. This 4‑H experience is delivered by a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation.”

4-H members are also grown into true leaders. The 4-H website states, “4‑H empowers young people to be true leaders. True leaders are young people who have confidence; know how to work well with others; can endure through challenges; and will stick with a job until it gets done. In 4‑H, we believe true leaders aren’t born – they’re grown. 4‑H programs hands-on approach gives young people guidance, tools, and encouragement, and then puts them in the driver’s seat to make great things happen. Independent research proves the unparalleled impact of the 4‑H experience.” 

If you are interested in signing up your child with 4-H, contact the local 4-H office to learn more at 704.283.3735 or 704.283.3740.