Doña Ana County

DOÑA ANA COUNTY ENCOURAGES 4-H PARTICIPATION

DOÑA ANA COUNTY ENCOURAGES 4-H PARTICIPATION

     The Doña Ana Board of County Commissioners acknowledged the positive impact 4-H has on our community, through the participation of 492 youths and 313 volunteers.
     Coinciding with National 4-H Week, Doña Ana County commissioners encouraged children and youths to participate in educational programs sponsored by the Cooperative Extension, a national network of more than 100 public universities that includes New Mexico State University.Photo attached for your use. From left, Larson Kirby, 4-H County Ambassador; 4-H members Brody Kirby and Brynnen Kirby; Aimee Coletti, 4-H county president; Eva Madrid, 4-H member; Teresa Dean, 4-H Program Director; and Joah Owen, 4-H member.
     Worldwide, 4-H is the largest youth organization, with nearly 7 million members. The 4-H local chapter was first organized with seven members in 1912 as a Corn Club, in Doña Ana County.
     Today, urban and rural children as young as 5 years old and youth through 19 years old learn by participating in projects that cater to a variety of interests, ranging from shooting sports, livestock, leadership, home economics, technology and the arts.
     Based on the premise of learning through interactive experiences, 4-H offers opportunities to develop leadership, effective communication and management skills, a positive self-esteem, and a solid sense of personal responsibility.
     The 4-H emblem symbolizes the ways in which youth can grow and develop.  Head, is for critical thinking and problem solving. Heart stands for self-discipline, integrity and communication. Hands is for serving others; and health, for healthy lifestyles.
     “Thank you for recognizing 4-H and supporting not only 4-H but the Cooperative Extension service, all year long,” Teresa Dean, 4-H Program Director at New Mexico State University said. “I want you to know that our kids represent Doña Ana County very well not only in our county level, but our state level as well as the national level.”

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Photo:  From left, Larson Kirby, 4-H County Ambassador; 4-H members Brody Kirby and Brynnen Kirby; Aimee Coletti, 4-H county president; Eva Madrid, 4-H member; Teresa Dean, 4-H Program Director; and Joah Owen, 4-H member.

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