For 77 years, the first full week of October has been celebrated at National 4-H Week. While the Oklahoma 4-H Youth Development Program is on board with that, the organization steps it up a notch and celebrates all month long.
The anticipation for National 4-H week is building and Oklahoma has some fun things in place to help the state’s 4-H youth get the most out of this year’s celebration. The theme is Inspire Kids to Do.
Kristin Young, marketing coordinator in the State 4-H Office at Oklahoma State University, said the theme highlights how youth are encouraged to take part in hands-on learning experiences in all areas of 4-H.
“We offer programming in science and technology, agriculture, community service, leadership development – you name it and we have a program for it,” Young said. “The diversity of the program helps ensure all youth from large cities, small town and rural communities find something for which they can develop a passion. And this is what we bring to the forefront during National 4-H Month. Our goal is to inspire them to reach their full potential, learn new things and gain new skills that will help them become productive and involved adults.”
One of the most anticipated events of National 4-H Week every year is 4-H National Youth Science Day, which sees hundreds of thousands of youth across the nation taking part in the world’s largest youth-led STEM challenge. The exciting theme for this year’s challenge is Game Changers, which will run throughout October. Developed by Google and West Virginia University Extension Service, Game Changers will teach kids coding skills through fun exercises including gaming, puzzles and physical activity.
To help bring attention to 4-H, Young said all club members are encouraged to show their 4-H spirit on National 4-H Spirit Day, slated Oct. 8, by wearing shirts promoting 4-H to school, to a ballgame, the grocery store or anywhere else.
“Lots of clubs have special events planned and the State 4-H office wants to know about it,” Young said. “4-H’ers deserve to be recognized for all of the great things they are doing to make their communities better places to live. If there is a 4-H’er for a volunteer leader who inspires you, highlight that on social media. We also want to hear from former club members by having them share a 4-H memory on social media and tell about how 4-H helped develop you into the person you are today. Oklahoma 4-H’ers are doing such wonderful things and National 4-H Month is the perfect time to showcase what’s going on around the state.”
Please email Young photos of local events that can be shared on the state 4-H social media sites. When sharing photos on local social media, be sure to use the hashtags #InspireKidstoDo and #OK4H, along with local hashtags used with the county program.
For more information about National 4-H Week or National 4-H Month, contact your local OSU Cooperative Extension office or Young at 405-744-7960 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 6 million young people through the 110 land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension in more than 3,000 local offices serving every county and parish in the country.