4-H Youth Development
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Have you ever known a child who received free or reduced priced meals at school, or a family who received food stamps? Have you ever volunteered at a food pantry, soup kitchen, or community garden? Have you ever been a recipient of food from one of these places? And have you ever thought about how you can get involved to make a difference in your community?
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A common misconception among many 4-H families is they are not livestock producers; they are livestock showers in the sport of livestock exhibition. Animal ID requirements teach youth that they are a part of a larger livestock industry in which individual animal ID and traceability are important. As Indiana 4-H counties begin their animal ID processes, it's important to understand why animal ID is required to participate in county fairs and the Indiana State Fair.
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Every February we celebrate National Children's Dental Health Month, supported by the American Dental Association (ADA). It first began in 1941 as National Children's Dental Health Day. The topic's popularity grew so that in 1981, the day became a month-long focus on children's dental health. National Dental Health Month focuses on community, through sharing education and activities in schools, clubs, and libraries to help inspire good oral health and dental habits.
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4-H animal projects help youth raise and care for an animal as they learn about the nutrition and management of specific species. At the same time, the projects foster life skills in decision making, nurturing, self-motivation, and resilience. Youth learn this knowledge and acquire these skills and abilities through the support of positive adult mentors. In an effort to provide educational tools to the adults involved with youth in 4-H animal projects, an Animal Livestock Focus Group was formed
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Next month, approximately 40 percent of American will make a New Year's resolution. In the hopes of maintaining long-lasting change, it is common for people to empty their pantries of tempting foods, lace up their jogging shoes, buy a yearly planner or trade sugary drinks for big bottles of water.
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Indiana 4-H hosted a pilot project where 346 youth from 19 counties participated in the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) online education program. YQCA is a non-for-profit organization that developed an online course to deliver a consistent, accurate, and evidence-based curriculum to youth participating in livestock projects.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence issued a proclamation Monday (Oct. 3) declaring Oct. 3-7 4-H Week in Indiana. The Indiana 4-H Youth Development Program, a component of Purdue Extension, is one of the state's largest youth organizations, with more than 130,000 active members representing all 92 counties.

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