4-H is built on a belief in the power of young people, that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around them. The organization provides the kinds of experiences to grow into true leaders. K-State Research and Extension encourages all Kansans to celebrate Kansas 4-H true leaders during National 4-H Week, Oct. 2-8, 2016.
“True leaders are young people who have confidence; know how to work well with others; can endure through challenges; and will stick to a job until it gets done,” said Diane Mack, K-State interim department head and state 4-H Program Leader. “In Kansas 4-H, we believe true leaders aren’t born – they are grown.”
During National 4-H week, Kansas 4-H will highlight life skills, such as confidence, leadership, responsibility, compassion and curiosity, through its new brand campaign 4-H Grows Here. The campaign engages youth to learn these life skills by doing – through guidance, tools and encouragement from adult mentors and by putting youth in the driver’s seat to make great things happen.
4-H is America’s largest youth development organization – empowering nearly six million young people across the U.S. In Kansas, more than 86,000 youth participate in the 4-H program through hands-on projects in areas like science, health, agriculture and citizenship. 4-H clubs have evolved to include special interest (SPIN) clubs focusing only on a particular project, in-school enrichment programs, after-school programs and 4-H camps.
Join the conversation this week by using the hashtags #4HGrown, #4HGrowsHere and #TrueLeaders on social media. Share with us your 4-H experience and the positive impact it has made on your life. For more information on how to join 4-H, visit www.Kansas4-H.org or contact your local K-State Research and Extension office.