Join Brunswick County 4-H!

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4-H is a youth development program that allows youth have the opportunity to learn by doing. Youth participate in hands-on projects in areas like health, science, leadership development , citizenship, agriculture and many more. Need more reason to join 4-H? In 2013 the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University released the results of a multi-year study led by Drs. Richard M. Lerner and Jacqueline V. Lerner on the role of 4-H in in the lives of 4-H in in the lives of 4-H youth, and these are the results that they found in comparison to their peers:

• 4-H’ers are nearly 4 times more likely to make contributions to their communities (Grades 7-12)

• 4-H’ers are about 2 times more likely to be civically active (Grades 8-12)

• 4-H young people are nearly 2 times more likely to participate in Science,

TiLT Youth Volunteer, Amelia Apple, helps two Cedar Grove Middle Schoolers build a Lego EV3 Robot at CIS After-School.

Engineering and Computer Technology programs during out-of-school time (Grades 10 – 12)

• 4-H girls are 2 times more likely (Grade 10) and nearly 3 times more likely (Grade 12) to take part in science programs compared to girls in other out-of-school time activities.

• 4-H’ers are nearly 2 times more likely to make healthier choices (Grade 7)

The full study can be found here: https://4-h.org/about/research/

Here in Brunswick County the easiest way to become actively involved in 4-H is to join a 4-H club. We currently have Bits-n-Boots for ages 5-18, they cover a variety of topics including livestock, bugs, nutrition, and technology. We also have

TiLT Youth Volunteer, Autumn Apple, teaching 3rd graders at Southport Elementary about the importance of eating enough vegetables and giving a spinach taste test.

Teen Council and Teens in Leadership Training (TiLT) Youth Volunteer Program which is a joint club for ages 12-18 where the teens have the opportunity to learn how to teach and go out in the community and teach programs while also learning about necessary life skills they need such as leadership development and public speaking.

We are always looking for volunteers to start new clubs throughout the county. We also are seeking volunteers to help provide in-school, after-school, and summer programming. If you have a passion for working with youth please consider joining us in providing fun educational programming to the youth of Brunswick County.

Brunswick County 4-Her, Sydney Blair, is a recipient of the 4-H State Volunteer Award.

We also have programs that youth can participate in throughout the year without being a 4-H Club member, and summer programs as well. You can find these events on our Facebook Page: Brunswick County 4-H.

You can also contact the 4-H Office at 91-253-2610 or e-mail Morgan King at mhking3@ncsu.edu.

Brunswick County 4-H is a part of the NC Cooperative Extension, for information about other Brunswick County Cooperative Extension services call 910-253-2610 or visit https://brunswick.ces.ncsu.edu/, and like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BCCooperativeExtension.