Mississippi 4-H: Continuing to empower lives

From press reports

Since 4-H began more than 100 years ago, it has become the nation’s largest positive youth development and youth mentoring organization, empowering six million young people in the U.S. Today, 4-H serves youth in rural, urban, and suburban communities in every state across the nation. 4-H’ers are tackling the nation’s top issues, from global food security, climate change and sustainable energy to childhood obesity and food safety. 4-H out-of-school programming, in-school enrichment programs, clubs and camps also offer a wide variety of STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) opportunities – from agricultural and animal sciences to rocketry, robotics, environmental protection and computer science – to improve the nation’s ability to compete in key scientific fields and take on the leading challenges of the 21st century.

Mississippi 4-H is proud to offer programs and growth opportunities that put the heads, hearts, hands and health of Mississippi’s youth to work learning and applying the essential elements of the 4-H program: belonging, mastery, independence and generosity.

As 4-H youth enrollment in Choctaw County continues to increase, so does the need for adult volunteers. These volunteers are needed as club leaders/assistants to help prepare 4-H’ers for contest in specific project areas. Our 4-H shooting sports program has become increasingly popular among the youth in this county. Our goal is to make sure that everyone, under the guidance of trained instructors, will learn the safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment in a controlled environment. This year we will offer the following disciplines: archery, air rifle, and .22 rifle. Currently, we have four active 4-H clubs and we are in the final stages of organizing a horse club in French Camp.

The clubs meet in the 4-H Building (old Prairie Opportunity building across from Library) in Ackerman. There is no charge to join 4-H!

For more information on joining 4-H as a member or volunteer, contact the Choctaw County Extension Office at 285-6337 or stop by our office in the Courthouse Annex in Ackerman. Email: Darrell Banks, ANR Agent/ 4-H darrell.l.banks@msstate.edu or Juli Hughes FCS Agent/4-H j.hughes@msstate.edu

Choctaw County 4-H Clubs

Club Meeting                     Date/Time                                         Club Leader/Phone Number/Age Groups
Lucky 13                              1st Thursday at 3:30pm                 Renee Steadman & Cindy Hunt 285-3445 (ages 13-18)
Fantastic 4-H’ers               2nd Thursday at 4:00pm              Darrell Banks & Tony Steadman 285-6337 (ages 8-12)
Pet Club                               1st Monday at 6:00pm                   Dr. Rita Morris 285-9006 (ages 8-18)
Cooking & Crafts Club      2nd&4th Saturday at 1:00pm       Jennifer Juarez 633-2128 (ages 8-18)

Submitted photo The 4-H Pet Pals Club learned about backyard birds during their November 3 meeting. They also visited with pet chickens, colored turkey pictures and had snacks.

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The 4-H Pet Pals Club learned about backyard birds during their November 3 meeting. They also visited with pet chickens, colored turkey pictures and had snacks.