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. The Tufts research discovered that the structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that 4-Her's receive play a vital role in helping them get involved in their communities.
During 4-H week, youth from all over the nation will complete a single, innovative experiment on 4-H National Youth Science Day, which will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 5. The 2011 National Science Experiment, "Wired for Wind," will introduce young people to the possibilities of using wind as a clean, widely available and low-cost source of renewable energy.
Lawrence County's 4-H clubs and leaders are: Blazing Saddles, Aurora, Renee Wilson; Farm and Home Boosters II, Round Grove, Donna Stevenson; Jolly Ranchers, Freistatt, Colleen Pugh; Kountry Kids, Aurora, Karla Grimm; Miller Champs, Miller, Penny Harrington and Betty Highfill; Mt. Comfort, Mt. Vernon, Janella Spencer and Kaylynn Pennell; Pleasant Acres, Pierce City, Michelle Eck; and Rockin Riders, Mt. Vernon, Kimberly Eagles.
A new club will be forming this fall in Aurora called robotics. Tiffany Davis and Donna Howerton are the contacts for this new group.
Barry County 4-H groups and leaders include McDowell 4-H, Jerry Thomas; and Exeter Trailblazers, Sherry Tucker. There is also a new club forming in Wheaton with Jerry Skinner as the leader.
For more information or to join a club in Lawrence County, contact Karla Deaver at 417-466-3102. To join a club in Barry County, call Jeremy Elliott-Engel at 417-455-9500.