In 2018, Texas 4-H will celebrate 110 years of providing youth with the latest in technology, knowledge and experiences through the land-grant universities of Texas — Texas A&M and Prairie View A&M.
To celebrate this monumental milestone, the Texas 4-H Youth Development Program and the Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation are introducing a new campaign called to engage youth, volunteers, alumni and friends in the celebration of 110 years of Texas 4-H.
"Give 110" is a three-phase pledge program to encourage anyone presently or formerly involved with 4-H to step up and support today's 4-H program in Texas. From giving 110 hours of community service, to 110 hours of leading and supporting 4-H members or making a donation of $110 or more to support the programming efforts of 4-H across our state, everyone has an opportunity to make a difference.
Through this year-long effort, it is our goal to demonstrate the strength and importance of 4-H to our communities, state, country and world while engaging more alumni and volunteers for local, county and state support.
We are challenging Denton County residents with a mission, to empower this generation of youth with encouragement and real opportunities to lead. You may think 4-H is only for your friends with animals, but it's so much more. You can do activities like shooting sports, food science, healthy living, robotics, fashion and photography.
However, Texas 4-H is like a club for kids and teens ages 5-18, and it's big. It's the largest youth development program in Texas with more than 550,000 youth each year. No matter where you live or what you like to do, Texas 4-H has something that lets you be a better you.
Look for 4-H clubs at your school, an after-school program, a community center or even on a military base or through the reserves for military families. In 4-H, the activities are organized by topics and called 'projects.' All 4-H members must be enrolled in at least one project. When you choose a project, you will learn everything there is to know about that topic. You will participate in various hands-on activities, learn new skills, do community service, or even make speeches about your project.
Join for $25 or less! Texas 4-H is for kids of almost any age — kindergarten through second grade can be in Clover Kids. Students in third through 12th grades can be in 4-H. Contact the Denton County Extension Office through http://denton.agrilife.org/ today for more information on how to become a true leader.
JESSICA KIMBRO is the 4-H and Youth Development county extension agent with Texas AgriLife Extension. She can be reached at 940-349-2884 or via email at email@example.com.