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Celebrating National 4-H Week Oct. 7-13

Oct. 7-13 is National 4-H Week and the University of Illinois Extension serving Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall and Putnam counties is celebrating the 4-H youth who have made an impact on the community and are stepping up to the challenges of a complex and changing world.

Recent findings from Tufts University’s 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that young people in 4-H are three times more likely to contribute to their communities than youth not participating in 4-H. Notably, the Tufts research discovered that the structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that 4-Hers receive play a vital role in helping them actively contribute to their communities.

Youth in Bureau County are making a difference in their community through a variety of service projects and activities. In the past year, under the guidance of caring adult volunteers local 4-H clubs have completed community beautification projects, collected food and nonperishable items for needy families, spent time with nursing home residents, delivered treats and crafts to senior citizens, provided service at community events, educated others about agriculture, planted trees and flowers and more. University of Illinois Extension is proud of the service completed by local young people and grateful for their contributions to their local communities.

Also during National 4-H Week, hundreds of thousands of youth from all around the nation will complete a single, innovative experiment. The 2012 National Science Experiment, 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge, explores how robots can be used to preserve and protect the environment, while offering a glimpse into the future of science, technology, engineering and math. Local youth have been completing this experiment during 4-H Club meetings in schools, at local libraries and at various community events.

Four-H youth are a living breathing, culture-changing revolution for doing the right thing, breaking through obstacles and pushing our country forward by making a measurable difference right where they live. Learn how you can Join the Revolution of Responsibility at 4-H.org/revolution, or contact the Extension office at 850 Thompson St. in Princeton, 815-875-2878 or email jacaldwe@illinois.edu.

You can also find out more information by visiting the unit’s website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/blmp4H.

The mission of the University of Illinois Extension - Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit is to deliver quality, relevant educational information in fiscally responsible manner. The goal is to help people develop skills; solve problems; and improve their families, farms, businesses, and communities. The University of Illinois Extension provides unbiased research-based information to local residents. Visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/

For more information on this or other agriculture and natural resource education programs and resources, call the University of Illinois Extension Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit at the following offices: Ottawa, 815-433-0707; Princeton, 815-875-2878; Henry, 309-364-2356.

University of Illinois Extension provides outreach education from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana Campus.

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