4-H recognizes, reaches out to military youth

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4-H recognizes, reaches out to military youth

 

Source: Jennifer Tackett, 4-H youth development specialist

 

April is the month of the military child, and Kentucky 4-H is recognizing the sacrifices these children make every day. To celebrate, we are encouraging Kentucky 4-H’ers to write a letter to a military child thanking them and their loved one for their service. We will distribute the letters to military youth through the state 4-H office. 4-H is also encouraging others to wear purple April 15 to show their support for military youth.

Kentucky is currently home to about 34,000 children of active duty, Reserve and National Guard members. About 20,400 of those are between the ages of 6 and 18. Large concentrations of military families live in and around the state’s two military posts, Fort Campbell and Fort Knox. Through a 4-H Military Club Grant, 28 Kentucky 4-H clubs served 514 on-post young people and 388 off-post military youth in 2012. The two posts also had 95 adult 4-H volunteers to assist with programming efforts.

While having a parent in the military can involve lots of moves, 4-H provides military youth with consistent, positive development opportunities and predictable, quality youth programs no matter where they live in the United States. In Kentucky, many of the 4-H programs targeting military young people focus on healthy living, science and citizenship. While many of the on-post youth join 4-H clubs, they have opportunities to participate in off-post 4-H activities and events including camps, Issues Conference, Teen Conference and county and state fair contests.

Like programming for non-military youth, 4-H programming for military children strives to build and strengthen essential life skills to help young people become the leaders of tomorrow. For more information on 4-H’s efforts to connect with military children, contact the 4-H youth development agent at the (COUNTY NAME) Cooperative Extension Service.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.