Bates County Youth to Celebrate National 4-H week

Butler, MO — Every year, National 4-H Week sees millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni come together to celebrate the many positive youth development opportunities offered by 4-H. The theme for this year’s National 4-H Week, Opportunity4All, is a campaign that was created by National 4-H Council to rally support for Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program and identify solutions to eliminate the opportunity gap that affects 55 million kids across America.

With so many children struggling to reach their full potential, 4-H believes that young people, in partnership with adults, can play a key role in creating a more promising and equitable future for youth, families and communities across the country. In 4-H, we believe every child should have an equal opportunity to succeed. We believe every child should have the skills they need to make a difference in the world.  

Bates County 4-H will observe National 4-H Week this year by highlighting some of the inspirational 4-H youth in our community who are working tirelessly to support each other and their communities. 

“We believe youth perspectives are so important and a solution to eliminating the opportunity gap, because young people come with new ideas and new ways of seeing the world,” explains Jennifer Sirangelo, President and CEO of National 4-H Council. By encouraging diverse voices and innovative actions, 4-H believes that solutions can be found to address the educational, economic and health issues that have created the opportunity gap.

One of the most anticipated events of National 4-H Week every year is the 4-H STEM Challenge, formerly known as National Youth Science Day. The theme of this year’s event, which is expected to see hundreds of thousands of youth across the nation taking part throughout October, is Mars Base Camp. Developed by Google and Virginia Cooperative Extension, Mars Base Camp is a collection of activities that teaches kids ages 8-14 STEM skills, including mechanical engineering, physics, computer science and agriculture.

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About 4-H

4-H, the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, cultivates confident kids who tackle the issues that matter most in their communities right now. In the United States, 4-H programs empower six million young people through the 110 land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension in more than 3,000 local offices serving every county and parish in the country. Outside the United States, independent, country-led 4-H organizations empower one million young people in more than 50 countries. National 4-H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of the Cooperative Extension System and 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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In Bates County, 219 4-H youth and 86 volunteers from the community are involved in 4‑H. 4-H enrollment opens on October 1st. We encourage interested youth and adults to contact the Bates County Extension office for more information on how to join 4-H. Currently, Bates County has a total of nine 4-H clubs.

2020 4-H Club Leaders

Altona 4-H Club– Kirsten Collier

Ballard 4-H Club – Michelle Rotert

Busy Beaver 4-H Club– Karen Scrivener

County Line 4-H Club– Carla Armentrout

Hudson Hustlers 4-H Club– Jamie O’Farrell and Jennifer Hawkins

Next Generation 4-H Club– Alicia Merryfield

Peru Star 4-H Club – Tabatha VanMeter and Dorothy Carter

Summit G0-Getters 4-H Club – Julia Barber

V-52 4-H Club – Michelle Williams


Contact:         Mikayla Fox

                        Community Engagement Specialist in Youth Development