Youngsters can learn about the numerous chances today at the Alcorn County Extension Service during 4-H Promotion Day from 10 a.m. until noon.
"4-H offers activities for young people ages 5-18 to develop life skills which will enhance their adulthood," said Tammy Parker, 4-H agent.
Adults are also encouraged to get involved in the program as volunteers, according to Parker.
Membership to 4-H is free.
"The event gives people the chance to visit the facility and meet leaders from the 12 different clubs which meet monthly," added Parker.
Hands-on activities such as pony rides, inflatable jumper and games will be available. There will also be hot dogs, popcorn and cokes.
The extension service is located at 2200 Levee Road behind the Crossroads Arena.
4-H, is the nation’s largest youth development organization. More than six million 4-H youth in urban neighborhoods, suburban schoolyards and rural farming communities stand out among their peers – building revolutionary opportunities and implementing community-wide change at an early age.
As the youth development program of the nation’s 109 land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System, 4-H fosters an innovative, “learn by doing” approach with proven results.
The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development shows youth involved in the program are:
• Nearly two times more likely to get better grades in school.
• Almost two times more likely to plan to go to college.
• 41 percent less likely to engage in risky behaviors.
• 25 percent more likely to positively contribute to their families and communities.
4-H offers numerous programs and growth opportunities that put the heads, hearts, hands and health of youth to work learning and applying the essential elements of the 4-H program.