4-H has long enjoyed a reputation of program excellence in the traditional areas of agriculture, life sciences and consumer sciences. Alumni also credit 4-H with public speaking and leadership skills, but today 4-H is also at the forefront of contemporary issues like childcare, workforce preparedness and environmental stewardship. By taking part in 4-H, young people gain academic and interpersonal skills that provide a foundation for their future.
4-H is the youth development program of University of Illinois Extension. The 4-H program’s roots are in the girls’ canning clubs and boys’ corn clubs, which were started in the early 1900’s to help young men increase their family’s farm yields and provide safe food for families.
Today’s 4-H families live everywhere – in cities, suburbs, small towns and rural areas. With more than 200 projects and activities from which to choose, all youth, regardless of place of residence or family status, can find an interest in 4-H.
The four H’s stand for head, heart, hands and health. With this focus on the total development of young people, 4-H continues to prepare youth ages 5 to 19 to be responsible, capable citizens. Having fun while learning is an important part of 4-H, as well as being with friends–whether they are new friends, old friends or friends of another generation.
4-H is looking for kids who like to learn new things, develop new skills, travel to new places and make new friends. Also, adult volunteers are needed to help youth enjoy these new experiences. To find out more about 4-H, come to the Grayville High School Multi-Purpose Room, Thursday, September 28 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. You may also contact the University of Illinois Extension at 382-2662 or Grayville Go-Getters 4-H Club Leader, Ryan Scott, at 618-302-3944 for more information. You will be glad you did