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4-H Enrollment Open to Youth

by Matt Bellina on October 20, 2014

4-H Enrollment open to youth, Nov. 1 through January 15

South Bend, Indiana (October, 20 2014)— All families wishing to have their youth, (Kindergarten through 12th grade), participate in 4-H in South Bend, Mishawaka and all communities in St. Joseph County (Indiana) are able to enroll between November 1, 2014 and January 15, 2015. “We have listened to the needs of our youth and volunteer adult leaders and are offering an enrollment system that is user-friendly and allows for families to create their own accurate and up-to-date profiles. This stream lined enrollment system that includes the family profile will allow for increased communication between volunteer leaders and the 4-H families they work with,” states Matt Bellina, 4-H Youth Development Educator for Purdue Extension-St. Joseph County. To begin the process of enrollment visit and click “I need to set up a profile”.

Research has proven that participation in 4-H has a significant positive impact on young people. Recent findings from the Tufts University4-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.

In St. Joseph County, more than 2,100 4-H youth and 350+ volunteers from the community are involved in 4‑H.

About 4-H:

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. National 4-H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of the Cooperative Extension System and 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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