Students wanting to learn about rockets or robots, raising companion dogs or meat goats, growing vegetables and more are invited to enroll in Tuolumne County’s 4-H program.

Enrollment is open all year, but returning members who want to show at the Mother Lode Fair must enroll by Oct. 15. New members have until Dec. 1 to be eligible for fair.

Recent findings from Tufts University’s 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that young people in 4-H are three times more likely to contribute to their communities than those who don’t participate, stated a press release. The Tufts research found that the structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that 4-H’ers receive play a vital role in helping them actively contribute to their communities.

Members participate in projects in which they are interested and design and participate in their own programs and activities. This unique learn-by-doing model teaches essential skills they will use throughout their lives, such as identifying sparks, desiring knowledge, setting goals, self-reflection, adapting to new situations, communicating and responding to the needs of others, stated a press release. 4-H gives young people the skills they need to thrive and succeed in life.

The program is also seeking adult volunteers to help expand its offerings by leading new projects. Leading a project requires only two hours per month.

For more information, go online to ucanr.org/centralsierra4-H, or contact Nancy Starr at University of California Cooperative Extension, Central Sierra at (530) 621-5503 or njstarr@ucanr.edu.

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