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St. Joseph County 4-H Youth to Celebrate National 4-H Week October 5-11

by Matt Bellina on October 3, 2014

South Bend, Indiana (October, 2, 2014)— More than 6 million young people across the country today will celebrateNational 4-H Week, an annual celebration of 4-H during the first full week of October. St. Joseph County 4-H will leverageNational 4-H Weekthis year to showcase the great things that 4-H offers young people and highlights the incredible 4-H youth in the community who work each day to make a positive impact on the community.

To celebrate National 4-H Week, local 4-H members and leaders will be highlighted in various media outlets including The WNDU Morning Show. 4-H members will discuss how 4-H has made an impact in their lives and their local community. 4-H Volunteer leaders will highlight upcoming 4-H events that are open to the public.

To prepare our 4-H youth for the future job market we have embraced new projects that match the need for understanding Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, said Matt Bellina, 4-H Youth Development Educator. New educational programming includes Lego Mindstorm Robotics, participation in Team America Rocketry Challenge and the introduction of model building that includes the use of the Engineering Design Process and understanding Environmental issues.

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.

Another important event during National 4-H Week is the Kick-off of our annual fundraiser held at area Tractor Supply Stores. By visiting our local Tractor Supply on Ireland Road, shoppers are able to purchase a $1.00 “Paper Clover”. The paper clover campaign brings funds directly to our county 4-H program.

Also during National 4-H Week, hundreds of thousands of youth from all around the nation will complete a single, innovative experiment on 4-H National Youth Science Day, which will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. The 2014 National Science ExperimentRockets to the Rescue, willtask youth to design and build an aerodynamic food transportation device that can deliver a payload of nutritious food to fictitious disaster victims. Youth will learn engineering concepts, develop math skills, learn about nutrition and help solve a relevant, global issue. To learn more about National Youth Science Day, please visit

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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