CORTLAND - Trumbull County 4-Hers are joining thousands of boys and girls throughout America in observing National 4-H Week from Oct. 7 to 13.
Michelle Adkins, 4-H educator for Ohio State University Extension in Cortland, said 4-Hers across the nation will serve their communities.
''Through 4-H programs, young people combine their concerns with practical skills so they can make a difference," she said. "Working together and having a good time through 4-H encourages youth to make volunteering a lifelong habit."
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 youths not participating in 4-H. The Tufts research discovered that the structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that 4-Hers receive help them contribute to their communities.
In Trumbull County, more than 600 4-H members and 150 volunteers are involved in 4-H club programs, while an additional 300 are involved in short term and special interest programs.
4-H, conducted by Ohio State University Extension, is open to boys and girls ages 5 to 19. Programs are conducted in all 88 counties in Ohio.
For information on how to become involved in 4-H as a member or volunteer leader, call 330-638-6783.