Letters to the Editor

Lindstrom letter: National 4-H Week

This week is National 4-H Week, where we recognize those youth doing amazing things in their communities across the state. I would like to encourage Idaho citizens to learn more about 4-H and programs available: uidaho.edu/4h.

Studies show that 50 percent of today’s youth feel underprepared for life after high school. These are the skills that help them overcome personal obstacles, stand up to bullies or tackle a community challenge.

In 4-H, we believe in the power of young people. We are America’s largest youth development organization — empowering nearly six million young people across the U.S. with the skills they need. In Idaho, we empower over 55,000 youth each year to be leaders in their communities.

The 4-H experience is proven to grow leaders with life skills like confidence, independence, resilience and compassion. 4-H is open to all young people ages 5-18, and programs are available in every county in Idaho. Youth complete hands-on projects in health, science, technology, agriculture and citizenship.

We collaborate with schools, businesses and other organizations to provide learn-by-doing experiences that are proven to grow life skills. We have a century-long history of empowering youth through hands-on learning. Our research-backed approach is proven to work.

Jim Lindstrom, director, University of Idaho Extension, 4-H Youth Development, Moscow