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4-H grows here

4-H learning experiences enhance young people’s abilities to grow into tomorrow’s leaders and communicators. The structured learning environment, combined with encouragement and mentoring, allows 4-H programs to play a vital role in helping our youth achieve future success. 

This year, 2,600-plus Kansas youths — from rural areas and cities — participated in a study to determine 4-H’s effectiveness in fostering positive connections, encouraging responsible decisions, and developing communication and citizenship skills. 

Gaining skills and self-confidence through community service, as well as a desire to help others, were reported by well over 90 percent of the survey respondents.