Since 1942 youth, parents, volunteers and alumni have taken one week of the year to celebrate and promote 4-H. This year, the organization is “inspiring kids to do” as members celebrate the 76th annual National 4-H Week Oct. 7-13.


The 2018 National 4-H Week’s theme, “Inspire Kids to Do,” was designed to motivate youth across the country to seek out more opportunities for service to others, gaining skills needed to succeed in their lives and their careers in the process, according to a news release.


Priscella Thomas-Scott, 4-H event coordinator for the University of Arkansas System’s Cooperative Extension Service, said National 4-H Week is a way to “show everyone that the program is doing some awesome things in our communities and around the nation.”


“This is a week in which the 4-H program is promoted nationally by every extension service,” Scott said. “It is a time to highlight the successes of the program year, to honor and recognize members and volunteers, and to give thanks to our supporters on the county, state and national levels.”


A long-term study by Tufts University found that 4-H has positive effects on young people. 4-H members are:


• Nearly four times more likely to make contributions to their communities;


• About two times more likely to be involved in civic activities;


• Nearly twice as likely to take part in science programs during out-of-school time;


• Nearly two times more likely to make healthier choices.


The 4-H program is operated by the Cooperative Extension Service, part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.


For more information about 4-H, contact a county extension office at http://uaex.edu/counties.


The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without discrimination.


— Sarah Cato is with the U of A System Division of Agriculture.