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Written by Kindra Plumb   

4-H—what can it offer to my child?

As Phillips County 4-H gears up for yet another year, many may wonder what 4-H is all about and what kind of positive effect it has on youth today.

Ask any 4-H alumni and you’ll probably get an array of answers about why they chose to participate in 4-H and how this youth organization helped prepare them for adulthood. A common theme you may hear is that 4-H taught them various life skills through club and project participation. You’ll probably also hear some entertaining stories from their 4-H days!

4-H has been in existence for over 100 years. What began as a way to give rural youth new agricultural skills has grown into a global organization that teaches youth life skills. In short, 4-H is dedicated to helping cultivate the next generation of leaders by addressing issues such as the shortage of skilled professionals, maintaining global competitiveness, encouraging civic involvement and becoming a healthier society.

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Holyoke Enterprise October 31, 2013