Enrollment for the 2017-2018 4-H year starts Aug. 15 with the official statewide kickoff Sept. 1, said Dr. Toby Lepley, statewide program specialist, 4-H Youth Development, College Station.
“4-H allows youth to explore their path for a strong future,” Lepley said. “It doesn’t matter where they live or what they want to be when they grow up, in 4-H young people can make friends, have fun and try new things with the help of caring adults.”
Lepley said youth in 4-H gain lifelong skills in areas such as communication, teamwork, leadership, decision-making and organization. In Texas, youth in kindergarten through second grade can join Clover Kids. Youth in third to 12th grades and those 8 years old before Sept. 1 can join 4-H. More than 550,000 youth in all 254 counties of the state participate in Texas 4-H each year. “Participants can join 4-H for $25 or less,” he said. “And early enrollment from Aug. 15 on will be available for youth with early September fairs.”
To see what 4-H projects are available, go to https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/.
Contact information on AgriLife Extension county offices can be found at https://agrilifepeople.tamu.edu/extensionLists/counties. A Texas 4-H contact request form can be found at https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/register/.
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