Youths between the ages of 5 and 19 are encouraged to check out 4-H, a program aimed at improving leadership, citizenship and life skills, not to mention providing old-fashioned fun.
4-H is the largest youth development organization in the country and well-represented locally with some 450 Yolo County families participating.
“This year we have so many outstanding leaders and wonderful projects to offer the youth of Yolo County,” said Cork McIsaac, Yolo County 4-H council president.
“From vermicomposting to ornamental horticulture and from shooting a bow in archery to raising sheep, plus many more, we have projects for everyone,” McIsaac said.
Yolo County’s 4-H program has 10 different clubs throughout the county in Davis, Woodland, Winters, Zamora, Esparto/Capay and Clarksburg.
There are three clubs in the Davis area:
* Golden Valley, which meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. (Call the 4-H office, 530-666-8703, for meeting location.)
* Norwood, which meets the first Wednesday of the month in the Holmes Junior High School multipurpose room, 1220 Drexel Drive, beginning at 7 p.m.
* West Plainfield, which will hold its first meeting of the school year on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Lillard Hall, 24905 County Road 95, with a meeting for new/interested families at 6 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m.
Each club has its own community club leaders and youth officers who run the club meetings. Each club’s members elect officers, participate in community events, vote on key issues and facilitate group events.
In addition to participating in monthly club meetings, members also have opportunities to learn valuable skills at project meetings. Older youths, along with their adult leaders, teach the younger members the project skills; and as the younger members grow and develop their skills, they teach the new members. Volunteers teach the children about a broad range of subjects, such as sewing, photography, raising animals, cooking, hiking, robotics, rocketry, presentation skills and much more. Parents are encouraged to lead projects that support their children’s passions.
The support of adult volunteers and mentors inspires young people in 4-H to work collaboratively, take the lead on their own projects and set and achieve goals with confidence. 4-H’ers chart their own course, explore important issues and define their place in the world.
The Yolo County 4-H youth development program is a nonprofit youth educational program administered through the UC Cooperative Extension. 4-H stands for the four-fold development of youth: head (intellectual growth), heart (emotional and social growth), hands (community service) and health (of themselves and their communities).