Thursday, October 24, 2013

4-H Alumni Needed to Grow Opportunities in Barry County for Youth

Contact: Jeremy Elliott-Engel, 4-H Youth Development Specialist
Headquartered in Newton County
Tel: (417) 455-9500

CASSVILLE, Mo. -- Currently there is only one 4-H club active in Barry County. That is why past 4-H members are being encouraged to volunteer to help start and support clubs in communities across Barry County.

“You do not have to live on a farm to join 4-H,” said Jeremy Elliott-Engel, regional 4-H youth development specialist with University of Missouri Extension. “Project opportunities include computers, robotics, foods and nutrition, horticulture, large and small animals and much more.”

As the largest out-of-school youth organization in the world, 4-H is open to all boys and girls, ages 5 to18. Children who are five to seven years old (by Dec. 2010) are eligible for 4-H Clover Kids, an introductory program.

Youths who are 5 to 18 years of age (by Dec. 31, 2012) can select from a variety of 4-H projects and activities that stress social and life skills in areas such as decision making, communication, social interaction, civic responsibility and physical skills.

“4-H alumni are some of the best volunteers because they understand how 4-H works and they know the impact 4-H has made in their lives”  he continued “they want to give back and help young people be the best they can be,” said Elliott-Engel.  

The current Barry County club, Exeter Trailblazers 4-H Club, is growing.  A Shotgun program is being offered to members of this club as part of the Missouri 4-H Shooting Sports Program.    

Members of 4-H are less likely than their non-4-H peers to participate in risky behaviors and are more likely to go to college and return to their local communities according to a study done by Tufts University.

Missouri 4-H is University of Missouri Extension's youth development program. The program is designed to help to create opportunities for young people to be valued, contributing members of their community.

To learn more about 4-H and how to get involved locally go online to or visit the Barry County University of Missouri Extension Center in the County Courthouse, Cassville. Enrollment fees are $10 per youth member.

For information on volunteering or starting a new 4-H club contact Jeremy Elliott-Engel in Newton County at (417) 455-9500 or the Barry County MU Extension Office at (417)-847-3161.


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