4-Hers from around the state are preparing to join other 4-H families from around the state at a day-long 4-H Day at the Capitol, March 19.
The event, held in the Rotunda, will feature displays of the various programming areas 4-H now includes and will include historical displays of this 100-year-old organization.
The event is in celebration of the centennial year of 4-H and includes legislative visits, a legislative breakfast and opportunities to meet 4-Hers and 4-H leaders from around the state.
Sally Schoenike, Dodge County 4-H youth development agent, says, "The 4-H Day at the Capitol is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the positive impacts 4-H has had on Wisconsin over the last 100 years and strengthen the relationship between Wisconsin 4-H and its important partners in the state government."
All around the state 4-H centennial celebration committees are working on a variety of projects and making plans for some special events in recognition of a century of 4-H.
4-Hers will have their own special day at the Wisconsin State Fair. It will be on Tuesday, Aug. 5, and will conclude with the annual 4-H Foundation Award winning Meat Products Auction for the benefit of the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation.
4-H has changed significantly over the last 100 years and has gone way beyond the original project areas of swine, beef, dairy, cooking, gardening and woodwork.
It now includes projects like consumer savvy, archery, filmmaking, science and robotics, and much more.
The century-old program is holding steadfast to its founding premise of making the best better in the community and beyond while catering to urban youth and the changes in rural America.
Since 1914, Wisconsin 4-H has helped youth grow the leadership, critical thinking and communications skills necessary to be successful in a constantly changing world.
Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development is part of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, and 4-H programs are delivered in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture and federal, state and local governments. 4-H has its roots in youth corn and agriculture clubs, which helped researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Extension share the latest agriculture developments with farmers by teaching their children.
Just seven youth attended the first 4-H club meeting in Walworth County on Oct. 30, 1914.
Today, more than 35,000 youth are enrolled as community club members, and nearly 50,000 young people are involved in 4-H through in-school and after-school clubs, day camps, mentoring programs and other opportunities.
All Wisconsin 4-H programs are supported by the hard work of more than 20,000 youth and adult volunteers. Wisconsin 4-H programs continue to emphasize lifelong learning and a strong connection with the University of Wisconsin, and programs are available for all interests including science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), agriculture and animal science, arts and communications, leadership, healthy living, international exchange and more.
Watch for yard signs all around the state as 4-H families support this 100-year-old youth program. Signs read, "100 Years of Growing Wisconsin Leaders".