Bacon: 4-H helps build tomorrow's leaders

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Friday, July 21, 2017 8:32 am

I hope you were able to attend one of our local county fairs within the past couple of weeks and check out the farm animals and 4-H projects while getting your fill of fair food. Each year, I look forward to attending the several fairs in our area and seeing what our local youth have been working diligently on. The 4-H organization is a great opportunity for young boys and girls to develop leadership skills and have hands-on experiences that will last them a lifetime.

The 4-H program originated more than 100 years ago and has become the nation’s largest youth development organization. The goal of 4-H is to help young individuals and their families gain the skills needed to be proactive forces in their communities and develop ideas for a more innovative economy.

Traditionally, 4-H has been viewed as something only those living on a farm can participate in. However, this club has something for everybody to enjoy. Locally, there are several 4-H chapters. Members are in grades 3 through 12, but if you want to start your youngster out early, there is Mini 4-H for children in kindergarten through second grade. Those who want to get really involved and expand upon their leadership skills can join the 4-H Junior Leaders program starting in the seventh grade. To learn more about getting involved, contact the Pike County Purdue Extension Office at 812-354-6838, the Spencer County Purdue Extension Office at 812-362-8066 or the Warrick County Purdue Extension Office at 812-897-6101.

Once connected with a 4-H club, participants can select which projects they would like to work on. There are 61 projects to choose including showing animals, growing produce, engineering and technology, presenting speeches, photograph, sewing and baking.

There are many benefits to getting involved in 4-H, including building life skills through hands-on learning. This experience will help young Hoosiers grow confidence, independence, resilience and compassion. According to the 4-H organization, members are four times more likely to give back to their communities, two times more likely to make healthier choices and twice as likely to participate in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

I highly encourage young Hoosiers to join 4-H for a fun way to interact with their peers and learn valuable lessons while giving back to our communities. Visit www.4-h.org to find out more about this excellent organization.  I also want to thank current 4-Hers for working diligently on making the county fairs in our area a success, and congratulations to those who are moving on to compete in the State Fair.

This year, the State Fair’s theme is the Wonderful World of Food, and it begins Friday, Aug. 4, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 20, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

As always, please contact me with questions or input at 317-232-9833 or by email at h75@iga.in.gov. I appreciate hearing from you in order to better represent our district. Stay up-to-date with the work being done at the Statehouse by signing up to receive my email updates at www.in.gov/h75.

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State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75,
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

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