Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES -- New Mexicans can learn about the most popular youth organization in the country during National 4-H week, Oct. 4-10.
Some 4-H clubs will use this week to recruit new members said Jesse Holloway, 4-H youth development department head with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service. 4-H stands for head, heart, hands and health.
Local clubs will put up window displays in their communities, depicting the different aspects of 4-H and the activities offered in their particular counties.
"More than 5 million children are enrolled in 4-H programs throughout the nation, 50,000 of which are New Mexico children," Holloway said. "Some belong to traditional community 4-H clubs, some are involved with special interest programs that exist for a short time, and others participate in school enrichment programs."
Kids, ages 9 to 19, can choose from more than 200 4-H projects, ranging from computers to rocketry, Holloway said. Children, 5 to 8, can now join a 4-H program called Cloverbuds.
"The 4-H program, which has traditionally been known for cows and cooking, has expanded to a wide variety of projects that result in 4-H being a valuable learning opportunity for both urban and rural youth," Holloway said.
The main goal of Extension's 4-H program is to help young people develop self-esteem and life skills through a variety of projects, which are taught by Extension agents and more than 4,000 adult volunteers in New Mexico.
To find out more about 4-H, contact your local Extension office.
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