Y’all guys, the most revered day on earth is about to hit our calendars and unlike the “Talk Like a Pirate Day” (Yes, it’s actually a day. And yes, it’s celebrated) celebrating it does make sense. August 12th is the International Youth Day (IYD). It has been celebrated with zeal and fervor in many countries for the past 16 years and this year the youth in US will also host the grand occasion.
In anticipation of the coming day, the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will shed light on the many accomplishments of an American program, called the 4-H Program. This program is responsible for promoting important issues related to youth, like citizenship, healthy living, science education and leadership skills among the younger population around the world, through community service programs.
This youth outreach program has attracted more than 6.5 million members between the ages of 5 to 21 years old in the US alone. The 4-H community is made up of a whopping 90,000 US based clubs which cater to different youth needs. The program not only helps the US youth but also helps other nations to formulate youth development programs. On the international scenario more than 7 million youth from 80 different countries are currently involved in 4-H-inspired youth development programs. For instance, the Finnish 4-H program is more than 90 years old and is still functioning, while the Korean 4-H program is 75 years old.
This year the Kansas State University’s 4-H program will revitalize its relationship with their sister program in Paraguay. The 4-H program will come up with community service projects to teach children on how to learn to give back to their community. The ideal way is to examine all local needs and come up with their solutions. The program also hopes to teach children something which has no qualification and can only be explained as life skills.