Volunteering with Kansas 4-H
Last year, the Kansas 4-H Youth Development program involved more than 7,740 youth and adult volunteers in providing fun, hands-on learning opportunities to more than 65,200 youth in Kansas.
When you volunteer your time to help children explore, learn and grow, you are investing in them and in the future of your community. And you’ll probably find that you learn just as much from 4-H as they do!
Decide what you have the time and interest to help youth explore and chart positive futures.
Consider volunteering to lead a 4-H group in your community, your local school, or any other location where there are youth who need positive, committed adult role models in their lives.
Share your skills, knowledge and talents while having fun with kids and you’re sure to make a difference in their lives.
4-H offers a variety of programs, training, activities and events specifically designed to support volunteers. In order to serve as a volunteer, all potential volunteers who have direct, on-going contact with youth must be screened through the Kansas 4-H volunteer screening process. For more information, please contact your local K-State Research and Extension office.
Farming as Rocket Science
As we reflect upon the role of county fairs and showcasing 4-H at the Kansas State Fair, it is uplifting to know that 4-H is being recognized as a producer of young people that are contributing to agriculture and feeding the world. This article from The Economist is in recognition of all the work that Extension educators, community partners, parents, and of course, the youth are doing to continue to make 4-H relevant and important. The Economist
Kansas 4-H is very excited to be a part of a new event that will educate youth and other participants about the value and marketing of agricultural commodities. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) has partnered with National 4-H to educate youth about the power of the commodity markets. CME has granted monies out to hold “Commodity Carnivals” at county fairs around the United States.
At the Commodity Carnival, youth will produce and sell a commodity (i.e. hogs) with a fun and educational game. They will put investments into their commodity and then “sell” it by letting it roll down a plinko board to see how it fares in the market
Kansas 4-H is excited to have this fun event at ten local fairs this summer! Click here to find a Commodity Carnival near you! Kansas Counties Participating
4-H Healthy Living Program
A partnership between Kansas 4-H Youth Development and UnitedHealthcare (UHC) Community Plan now supports 4-H Healthy Living programs, reaching more youth and increasing our resources locally for healthy living programs. UnitedHealthcare is one of the managed care organizations that provides KanCare Medicaid services to Kansas residents. The UHC members are receiving information about 4-H encouraging them to contact their local Extension office or visit the Join Kansas 4-H website. All local Extension units can benefit from this partnership. This is an excellent opportunity to recruit new youth into the 4-H program and increase 4-H Healthy Living program resources. You can network with other agencies and healthcare organizations that may be serving KanCare members to help promote the 4-H and UHC partnership and encourage 4-H participation. To learn more go to Innovative Opportunities.