Pictured are (l-r) Cat Knope, Rachel Rudy and Jase Huffman in front of Buckskin Elementary School. These were three of seven Junior Leaders who visited schools promoting 4-H. (Courtesy of Danielle Combs)
Pictured are (l-r) Cat Knope, Rachel Rudy and Jase Huffman in front of Buckskin Elementary School. These were three of seven Junior Leaders who visited schools promoting 4-H. (Courtesy of Danielle Combs)
Courtesy of Danielle Combs
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
OSU Extension Highland County
College of Food Agriculture & Environmental Sciences

Since 1902, youth in Ohio 4-H clubs have followed the motto to “make the best better” and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine recognized the impact of 4-H by proclaiming March 8-14, Ohio 4-H Week.

In Highland County, almost 700 youth participate in 4-H.

“I have been in 4-H for over 10 years and I wouldn't change a second of it," Logan Cummings said. "To put it simply, 4-H is my home. I have made friendships with people that I would have never met without 4-H. 4-H represents integrity, dedication, fairness, creativity, leadership and friendship. It has helped me to become a strong, outspoken person from a shy awkward kid. 4-H has many different meanings, each unique to each 4-H'er; to me it means hard work, family and loyalty.”

According to Dr. Kirk Bloir, assistant director, OSU Extension, State 4-H Leader, 4-H helps youth develop important life skills.

“Youth in 4-H are more likely to be active in their communities, make healthy choices and look for higher education opportunities,” Bloir said.

Volunteers are a vital part of 4-H sharing their time and expertise to help youth succeed. In Highland County, there are more than 150 volunteers who assist with programs, camps, fairs, committees and serve as club advisors. Ohio 4-H volunteers will be recognized on March 14 at the Ohio 4-H Conference in Columbus.

The Ohio 4-H Youth Development program is part of Ohio State University Extension in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. More than 171,000 youth participate in 4-H clubs, camps and school enrichment programs.