Jackson, California (August 17, 2015)— More than 6 million young people across the country are enjoying 4-H today! 4-H offers young people many new opportunities allowing them to make an impact on the community, and step up to the challenges of a complex and changing world. Amador County 4-H is a volunteer youth development program open to all youth between the ages of 5 to 18 years old sponsored by the University of California and the County of Amador.
Six clubs: Fiddletown, Gold Nuggets in Plymouth, Ione Community, Jackson Gold Wheels, Shenandoah Valley, and Willow Springs make up Amador county 4-H. Each of these clubs offers several club projects like gardening, cooking, photography and various animal projects for its members to work in.
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 nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, cultivates confident kids who tackle the issues that matter most in their communities right now. In the United States, 4-H programs empower six million young people through the 109 land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension in more than 3,000 local offices serving every county and parish in the country. Outside the United States, independent, country-led 4-H organizations empower one million young people in more than 50 countries. In Amador County, more than 180 4-H youth and 40 volunteers from the community are involved in 4‑H.
To learn more about 4-H or to enroll today visit ucanr.edu/sites/AC4H/ call the Amador County 4-H Office at 209-223-6484
Contact: Vera M. Allen, Program Representative