4-H Leads Kids Through Life for 100 Years

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4-H is a program that prepares young people to step up to the difficulties in their community and the challenges of the world.

4-H is a program that prepares young people to step up to the difficulties in their community and the challenges of the world. The hands-on, real world experience necessary to become leaders is delivered to 4-H youth using research-based programming and positive youth development. 4-H helps teach youth to move our country and the world forward in ways that no other youth organization can. Fueled by research-driven programming, 4-H'ers engage in hands-on learning activities in the areas of science, citizenship and healthy living.

 

The national 4-H program started at the beginning of the 1900s, founded by A. B. Graham. The Colorado program started 8 years later, in 1910, making this year their 100th birthday! On Friday, October 8th, Colorado 4-H held a Centennial Celebration at the Denver Athletic Club. The Celebration began with the induction of eleven initial members of an Alumni Hall of Fame. Inductees included retired US Senator Wayne Allard, Miss Colorado pageant winner Jessica Hartman, and retired US Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell. Bazi Kanani, NBC 9News Anchor, said during her acceptance speech that "4-H was a big part of my {developmental} years, and I will always be grateful for the opportunity to be part of such a great organization."

 

Some of the projects that 4-H kids work on were displayed at the celebration. The most interactive of the booths was "Robot Wars" where kids had used a new LEGO robotic software to create a new form of football. It was so cool to program a robot and watch it do what you tell it to.

 

The caring 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. 4-H'ers have learned to stand up for themselves and their communities.