October 7-13 is National 4-H Week, and Neshoba County is celebrating the 4-H youth who have made an impact on the community, and are stepping up to the challenges of a complex and changing world.

In Neshoba County over 400 youth are enrolled in at least one project and learning leadership, citizenship and life skills in their particular projects.

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.

Notably, the Tufts research discovered that the structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that 4-H'ers receive play a vital role in helping them actively contribute to their communities.

In Neshoba County, more than 180 4-H volunteers are involved in helping 4-H members in their projects.

Also during National 4-H Week, hundreds of thousands of youth from all around the nation will complete innovative science experiments on 4-H National Youth Science Day, which will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.

At County 4-H Council today we plan to conduct two experiments with those in attendance.

4-H youth are a living, breathing, culture-changing revolution for doing the right thing, breaking through obstacles and pushing our country forward by making a measurable difference right where they live.

Learn how you can Join the Revolution of Responsibility at 4-H.org/revolution, or contact me Mike Reed, 4-H Youth Agent at (601) 656-4602.

You can also come by the county 4-H office which is located in the Neshoba County Coliseum.

UPCOMING EVENTS

• October 10 - County 4-H Council, 3:30 p.m., Neshoba Coliseum.

• October 11 - Dairy Arrival Deadline, 1 p.m., State Fairgrounds.

• October 11 - Neshoba County Cattleman's Association Meeting, 6 p.m., Neshoba Coliseum.

• October 12 - Open Dairy Show, 9 a.m., State Fairgrounds.

• October 13 - Junior Dairy Show, 8:30 a.m., State Fairgrounds.

• October 13 - Make A Difference Day Fishing Rodeo for Nursing Home and Wheelchair Participants, 7 a.m., Airpark Pond.

• October 13 - 4-H Day at the Mississippi State Fair.

Until next week, get into 4-H!