True Leadership is the theme picked for the 2017 National 4-H Week, Oct. 1 to 7.

As the youth development program of the Cooperative Extension System of land-grant universities, 4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, empowering six million young people throughout the United States.

Cooperative Extension of 1862 and 1890 land-grant universities provide the leadership to engage young people in 4-H in all 3,007 counties of the United States. In Oklahoma the task was given to officials at Oklahoma State University.

The impact of the Cooperative Extension partnership is brings together National Institute of Food and Agriculture of USDA, land grant universities and county government to resource learning opportunities for youth.

Through America’s 110 land-grant universities and its Cooperative Extension System, 4-H reaches every corner of America—from urban neighborhoods to suburban schoolyards to rural farming communities.

With a network of more than six million youth, 611,800 volunteers, 3,500 professionals, and more than 25 million alumni, 4-H helps shape youth to move our country and the world forward in ways that no other youth organization can.

Did you know?

This is the 75th consecutive year millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni, will mark National 4-H Week.

4-H alumni around the country are the first to acknowledge the significant positive impact 4-H had on them as young people; the opportunities and experiences that 4-H provides youth empowers them to become true leaders.

In fact, according to 4-H officials, research has shown young people in 4-H are almost four times as likely to contribute to their communities, and are twice as likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in their free time.

For more information

For more information, or to sign-up for 4-H, persons interested may contact Amy O'Bryan, extension educator, family & consumer science/4-H, Delaware County Extension Director, or Gus Holland, extension educator Ag/ 4-H youth development, at 918-253-4332.

The Delaware County OSU Extension Center is located at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, 38267 US Highway 59, Jay.