October 6-12 is filled with activities

FREEHOLD, NJ – From Oct. 6-12, more than 6 million young people across the country will be celebrating National 4-H Week. Monmouth County’s 4-H Association will use the week to celebrate the great things that the 4-H youth development program offers young people and highlights the incredible 4-H young people who each day work to a make a positive impact on their community.

“I am learning many ways to communicate 4-H messages and information,” said Ian Rios, Monmouth County 4-H Member and 2013 4-H’er of the Year. “As the 4-H Food and Fitness Ambassador, I have made friends from other counties. I am working with other Monmouth County 4-H Food and Fitness Ambassadors to plan and to educate more than 200 local students about health and nutrition.”

This week, hundreds of thousands of youth from all around the nation completed a single, innovative experiment on 4-H National Youth Science Day, which was held on Wednesday, Oct. 9. The 2013 National Science Experiment, 4-H Maps & Apps, introduced youth to the importance of geographic information systems (GIS) and geographic positioning systems (GPS) as they designed and mapped their ideal park, using mapping to solve community problems and contribute data to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) The National Map program as citizen scientists through The National Map Corps project. For more information about 4-H National Youth Science Day, go to www.4-H.org/NYSD.

4-H members and leaders will continue to positively impact the community this Monday, Oct. 14 providing education, live animals, and interactive opportunities during Pumpkin Fest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Delicious Orchards in Colts Neck.

In Monmouth County, more than 500 4-H members and 70 volunteers are involved in 4‑H. On

Oct. 4, more than 120 Monmouth County 4-H members were recognized for their achievements of club and individual growth and accomplishment over the past year.

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 like, and
  • Two times more likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in the out-of-school time.

4-H, the largest youth development organization in the world, is a community of seven million young people across the globe learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. In the U.S., 4-H programs are implemented by the 109 land grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System through their 3,100 local Extension offices across the country. Overseas, 4-H programs operate throughout more than 50 countries.

Learn more about 4-H at www.4-H.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/4-H and Twitter at https://twitter.com/4H.