Tricounty News

Stearns County youth celebrate National 4-H Week Oct. 7-13

Oct. 7-13, is National 4-H Week, and Stearns County is celebrating the 4-H youth who have made an impact on the community, and are stepping up to the challenges of a complex and changing world.

Recent findings from Tufts University's 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that young people in 4-H are three times more likely to contribute to their communities than youth not participating in 4-H. Notably, the Tufts research discovered that the structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that 4-H'ers receive, play a vital role in helping them actively contribute to their communities. In Stearns County, more than 420 4-H members and 100 volunteers are involved in 4-H.

Also during National 4-H Week, hundreds of thousands of youth from all around the nation will complete a single, innovative experiment on 4-H National Youth Science Day, which will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The 2012 National Science Experiment, 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge, explores how robots can be used to preserve and protect the environment, while offering a glimpse into the future of science, technology, engineering and math.

4-H youth are a living breathing, culture-changing revolution for doing the right thing, breaking through obstacles and pushing our country forward by making a measurable difference right where they live. Learn how you can Join the Revolution of Responsibility at, or contact Sara Budde, Stearns County 4-H Program Coordinator, at University of Minnesota Extension, at (320)

255-6169, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .