4-H is a nationwide educational program that offers a world of opportunity for youth and adults volunteering to learn by doing different activities, visiting new places, making new friends, giving services to others and having fun together. Volunteers will meet new people, chaperone activities and receive training in choice areas.
"4-H is for kids from kindergarten to 12th grade, and the activities are scattered throughout the entire county with most of the classes taking place at the historic courthouse or fair park," said Justin Smith, coordinator for the Davis County 4-H program. "Volunteers can share their talents and skills to help youth learn, and they can have fun and learn right along with them. The kids will also participate in the county fair in August where they will display everything they've done with 4-H so far."
4-H is a partnership involving national, state and local government and private industry efforts, and it has several members throughout Davis County. Volunteers can either be club leaders or work with youth on short-term projects.
"We have about 900 to 1,000 kids in Davis County who are in 4-H and do monthly activities at least every month, and in their own group they do activities every week," "In order to become a leader, individuals must be 18 or older and go through training and a background check, just so it's safer for the kids."
4-H members develop self-esteem, communication and decision making skills by learning new skills in different after-school clubs and groups, community and family clubs, camps and individual projects and project clubs.
4-H events also include horse and livestock shows, state contests, state and county fairs, teen leadership training, a mock legislature and a junior youth conference and adult volunteer conference. Volunteers and youth and can also learn through individual study and mentoring programs, school-enrichment in the classroom and special interest groups.
Smith said 4-H also offers programs for younger kids.
"We have what we call an 'Alpha Program' which is for the kids ages 5 to 8. They do things like learn about aquatic life and participate in the 'junior olympics.'"
Anyone 18 or older may sign up for 4-H at any time by calling Justin Smith at the USU Extension office in Farmington at 451-3409.