October 2-8 is National 4-H Week, and in addition, the Maine 4-H Foundation, in partnership with more than 90 businesses statewide, are raising money for 4-H youths in every Maine County during October. Local residents can visit participating businesses, their local University of Maine Cooperative Extension office or visit extension.umaine.edu/4hfoundation/ to donate with all proceeds supporting Maine 4-H programs. For a full list of participating businesses please visit extension.umaine.edu/4hfoundation/maine-clover-promotion/.
Recent findings from Tufts University’s “4-H Study of Positive Youth Development” indicate that young people in 4-H are three times more likely to contribute to their communities than youth not participating in 4-H. Annually 25,000 youth participate in Maine 4-H, which is the youth development program of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
Also during National 4-H Week, hundreds of thousands of youth from all around the nation will complete a single, innovative experiment on 4-H National Youth Science Day, which will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 5. The 2011 National Science Experiment, Wired for Wind, will introduce young people to the possibilities of using wind as a clean, widely available, and low-cost source of renewable energy.