4-H is an extremely beneficial program for children to join

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Megan Rogers, Columnist

4-H is one of the most beneficial programs that a child can join. 4-H works with youth 5-18 years old and strives to bring out the potential in them and make them strong leaders. 

According to uwyo.com, “The purpose of 4-H is to help youth acquire knowledge, develop life skills and form attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive members of society.” 

According to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a former member, Molly Kolano, said, “During my several years in 4-H, I developed leadership skills through member demonstrations, project meetings and community service activities.” 

4-H has a long history of helping youth. 

According to their official website, 4-h.org, “For more than 100 years, 4‑H has welcomed young people of all beliefs and backgrounds, giving kids a voice to express who they are and how they make their lives and communities better.”

In 2014, I joined 4-H’s dog project. A huge part of 4-H, besides showing our dogs, of course, is educating the public on dogs.

We do this in two ways: talking with the public as they walk through the dog barn at the county fair, as well as public presentations. 

I was 12 and I wouldn’t talk to anyone at the fair or even in my club, and the thought of public presentations absolutely terrified me.

But as the years went on, I became more confident in speaking to the public. The members of my 4-H club became some of my best friends. I also took on a leadership role as president of my club my last year in 4-H.

Not only does 4-H help bring out the confidence in its members but in the animals as well. 

In 4-H, I showed my American Shaffire Terrier mix. When we first adopted her, she was absolutely terrified of everything and everyone.  

Through 4-H and interactions with the public, she has become a more confident dog. She no longer hides behind me while in public, and while still wary of strangers, she tends to warm up to them quickly. 

I highly suggest 4-H to anyone because it will help you build lifelong skills that you will use forever.