"Service to our Communities"
Since its inception, service to others has always been an important part of the 4-H club program. 4-H citizenship programs empower youth to be well-informed citizens actively engaged in their communities and the world. 4-H places emphasis on the importance of young people being engaged. By connecting to their communities and community leaders, youth understand their role in civic affairs and are able to expand their role in the decision making process. It's clear that civic engagement provides the foundation that helps youth understand the "big picture" of life, to find purpose and meaning.
One part of the 4-H pledge states "I pledge my hands to larger service". Through this pledge, 4-H has historically given back to the community by encouraging young people and adults to volunteer in their communities. 4-H groups conduct community service projects in local communities where they meet.
Service to the community includes projects such as; community beautification, food drives for the local food pantries, roadside clean up; visiting the elderly, town election suppers, adopting a local animal shelter, supporting our troops with cards and letters, blankets for homeless shelters, audio books for children, and more!!!
Through hands-on leadership and service opportunities, youth learn they can bring about change to their community, country and their world!
2014 NATIONAL 4-H CONFERENCE
For one week, on an annual basis, New Hampshire 4-H sends older youth to attend the National 4-H Conference held at the National 4-H Center in Washington, D.C.
This premier leadership event which attracts over 200 youth from the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, challenges youth to identify issues facing youth in their communities and find solutions.
Some key issues tackled this year included; bullying prevention, teen pregnancy, distacted driving and education reform. After two days of working in a round table setting, groups were ready to take their message to Capitol Hill where they met with, and presented to, key political representatives. Then, after their briefings, participants got the chance to do some D.C. sightseeing where they further experienced the place where so much history has been made, and is still in the making.
One youth acknowledged he was very nervous about this new experience, but after reflecting on the week, recognized that the skills he needed to be successful in this experience were those that he had used through his 4-H career.