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. Nationwide, more than 6 million young people, 540,000 adult volunteers, 3,500 professionals and more than 60 million alumni participate in 4-H education and enrichment activities, including after-school programs, camps, workshops and special events.

Although 4-H has a rich history associated with agricultural activities, the organization also has much to offer young people in urban communities, especially in emerging STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, said Renee McKee, Indiana 4-H youth development program leader.

"We are very pleased that our 2017 4-H enrollment opened on Oct. 1 and coincides with this year's 4-H week activities, including the National 4-H Youth Science Day Drone Discovery program," McKee said.

In recognition of 4-H National Youth Science Day, more than a dozen 4-H students from Benton and Warren county high schools will practice their piloting skills with unmanned aerial vehicles - commonly known as UAVs or drones - during the Drone Discovery program at the new Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center, at Purdue's Agronomy Center for Research and Education (ACRE), 4540 U.S. 52 W, West Lafayette. The program is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday (Oct. 5).

For more information about participating in Indiana 4-H, visit the organization's website at https://extension.purdue.edu/4h/Pages/default.aspx or call 765-494-8435.