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4-H helps mold young Kentuckians

Contact: Mark Mains, assistant director for 4-H youth development Kentucky 4-H has positively impacted young citizens across the state for more than 100 years, giving them the useful tools to help them advance through school and into productive citizens. 4-H is part of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and its county agents strive to reach area youth with quality, educational programs. Last year, more than 288,000 youth participated in at least one 4-H program. While 4-H has its origins in agricultural-related activities, it has changed over the years to meet the needs of Kentucky youth. In fact, the majority of Kentucky 4-Hers do not have a farming background. You can still find strong agriculture programs in Kentucky 4-H, but we have branched out into other areas including health, communications and science, mathematics, engineering and technology. In the past year, leadership and personal development was the most popular programming area among state 4-H members. 4-H camp is one of the highlights of many young people’s year, and we are branching out to offer more unique camps focused on particular subjects to reach even more young people. 4-H activities and events would not be possible without caring, smart and extremely talented volunteers. Across the state, we have more than 25,500 volunteers. They work alongside county 4-H youth development agents to provide young people with quality learning experiences that they may not otherwise receive. Kentucky 4-H really does have something to interest everyone. For more information about local 4-H programs, contact the Woodford County Cooperative Extension Service.

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