Now is the time of year for youth to join and participate in 4-H, the youth development program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

4-H is active in each of Iowa’s 100 county extension districts and empowers youth to reach their full potential through many different types of experiences including photography, music, woodworking, sewing, archery, livestock and horticulture.

Youth have fun while gaining valuable skills in communication and the arts, citizenship and leadership, science, technology, engineering and math, as well as healthy living and personal life management by being involved in 4-H.

4-H grows confidence, creativity, curiosity, courage, character and so much more by allowing youth to use the skills they learn to go out and make a positive difference in their communities.

Help Winnebago 4-H celebrate the outstanding impact youth have made throughout the state during National 4-H Week October 1-7.

“As National 4-H Week approaches it is important to remember the 4-H pledge, which is recited at nearly every 4-H club meeting, and what it teaches. ‘I pledge my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service and my Health to better living, for my club, my community, my country and my world,’” Lauren Helgeson, County Youth COoridinator with ISU Extension and Outreach office said.

Be sure to follow on Facebook at Winnebago County ISU Extension. The office will be hosting trivia and contests throughout National 4-H Week through their Facebook page.

Not only will following on social media give you a chance to participate, but it will also allow you to get up to date information on upcoming events such as the Annual Family Fall Festival.

Forest City has two clubs for students interested in 4-H, they are the Tree Town Trailblazers, Forest Evereadies, 4-H Shooting Sports and Forest City Lego League.

To learn more about how 4-H is empowering young people in your community with skills to lead for a lifetime visit


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