Wayne County 4-H youth development programs are benefiting from Ohio’s recent victory in the national 4-H Raise Your Hand competition. For the second year in a row, Ohio 4-H alumni and friends raised nearly 18,000 hands to bring home the $20,000 prize to their local 4-H programs in the national Raise Your Hand competition. More than 350 Wayne County 4-H alumni and friends participated in the initiative
As one of the top 5 counties with the highest participation in Ohio, Wayne County is receiving $2,000 to use for youth programs. In addition to the top 5 counties that are each receiving $2,000; 30 other Ohio counties are each receiving smaller portions ($200 to $600) of the $20,000 prize to benefit their local 4-H programs.
Wayne County 4-H will use the funds from this competition to provide new and innovative programming opportunities to our 4-H youth. One such example is bringing the COSI on Wheels science program to this year’s 4-H Cloverbud Day Camp June 12-14th. The funds will also provide support for a new Wayne County Enrichment Academy program in partnership with the Tri County Educational Service Center on June 26th. This program will expose youth in grades 2-5 to hands-on learning opportunities centered around macro insect photography, working with animals, and problem solving. Finally, funds from this initiative will also be used to support awards for a new Outstanding Record Book Award program aimed to encourage 4-H members to keep thorough records on their livestock and animal projects.
“I am proud that Ohio 4-H once again will benefit due to the overwhelming support of our loyal community,” said Cathann A. Kress, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Thank you all for your dedication and support of our 4-H youth.”
4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for careers tomorrow. 4-H programs empower nearly six million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills. Last year, 156,000 individual Ohio youths participated in 4-H programs related to agricultural, STEM, citizenship and healthy lifestyles. In Wayne County 4-H is comprised of more than 1,500 youth and 426 adult volunteers.