Maynor: 4-H a positive influence on youth


Wendy Maynor


Come and join the fun: Robeson County 4-H is seeking members to join its positive youth development program.

The 4-H program offers a variety of structured fun and learning. Young people will acquire skills in public speaking, goal setting, leadership, citizenship, self-confidence, communication and other essential life skills that will help shape them into productive, successful adults.

In fact, people who participate in 4-H are 20 percent more likely to attend college and be successful in their adult lives. Robeson County 4-H offers something for everyone between the ages of 5 and 18, and club membership is free.

Specialty clubs are concentrated on one particular subject, while community clubs usually focus on projects based on what the club leaders and members decide. Community service projects are an important part of both clubs.

Community service helps young people understand the importance of giving back and building their community. There are many fun and exciting programs where young people have the opportunity to learn through hands-on activities in safe and nurturing environments.

Some children love animals, others enjoy arts and crafts, gardening or sports. Some children just enjoy being a part of a community club.

The standards and expectations of our youth are set at a high level. The 4-H motto is, “To make the best better.” The four values that members work on through fun and engaging programs include “Head,” which represents managing and thinking; “Heart,” which represents relating and caring; “Hands,” which represents giving and working; and “Health,” which represents being and living.

In addition, 4-H has a pledge that represents what each member and leader stands for. The pledge goes, “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.”

Teaching our youth ethics, responsibility and leadership are essential skills they will use throughout life. In addition to the weekly or monthly club meetings, there are other activities throughout the year.

Teen Retreat is a weekend leadership and team building program that is fun and educational. Summer Fun offers several specialty day camps and a weeklong overnight camp for the adventurous camper. The Robeson County Fair is a fun and exciting time for 4-H members. Each 4-H club will create an exhibit booth that represents their club. Individual 4-H members will show their animals at the fair competition or enter items into the art exhibit.

Doesn’t 4-H sound like the perfect opportunity for you? No matter what type of club you would like to join, it is easy to get started. Just call or email me today for an enrollment form, medical form and code of conduct and start attending the club meetings immediately. Robeson County 4-H wants you to be a part of this awesome youth development program.

Wendy Maynor
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Wendy Maynor is the Extension 4-H program assistant with North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s Robeson County Center. She can be reached at 910-671-3276 or by email at [email protected]

Wendy Maynor is the Extension 4-H program assistant with North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s Robeson County Center. She can be reached at 910-671-3276 or by email at [email protected]

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