Everyone is back-to-school, and my friend Katie Collen asked me about 4-H. I was so happy to tell her about the sheep that I raise and the community service I perform through the 4-H Program. Katie is going to join us this year in the Coarsegold 4-H Club and she is going to raise sheep, like me. Since Katie asked me, I started thinking about all the other kids at my school, and other schools, that might not know about 4-H. So, I want to tell you all about the program.
4-H is the largest youth development program in the United States. It has more than seven million young people, ages 5-19, who are currently involved in 4-H. There are nearly 600,000 older youth and adults that volunteer their time to the 4-H Program. The 4-H program began in 1902 and has a presence in every country, and in every state in the nation.
4-H engages youth in hands-on learning projects and activities that will cover almost any interest that you may have. On a national level, 4-H focuses on many subjects including healthy lifestyles, youth in governance, science, and engineering and technology.
Did you know that Mickey Mouse is a 4-H'er? Other former members of 4-H include: President Jimmy Carter, Johnny Cash, Jim Davis (creator of Garfield), Orville Redenbacher, and Faith Hill.
If you are a curious student, curious parent, or someone that would like to become a volunteer, you should come to our first meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Coarsegold Community Center. You will have the opportunity to learn about 4-H and to meet some of our club members.
Madera County 4-H Youth Program is a non-profit organization for youth who are nine years old or who have had completed third grade and up to 19 years of age. All youth and adults in Madera County are invited to participate in the 4-H Program regardless of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, mental or physical handicap.