A nationwide youth organization that focuses on developing responsible and productive leaders for the future is encouraging parents and their children to consider joining as the school year begins.

Enrollment for 4-H in Carter County will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Aug. 23 at the Carter County Extension Office. All 4-H’ers are required to enroll and the event allows 4-H families the opportunity to meet the parent-volunteers, other families and learn about upcoming events and activities.

In Carter County, there are 10 clubs and they reach youth from all communities in the county. Through 4-H, youth learn to exemplify the four Hs, Head, Heart, Hands and Health, by learning to make good decisions, acting with integrity and responsibility, taking care of themselves and others and maintaining good physical and mental health.

Communities with clubs are Fox, Healdton, Wilson, Lone Grove, Plainview, Ardmore Middle School, and Dickson. There is also a home schoolers club. Carter County has two project Clubs, which are shooting sports and horse club. Youth can make these project clubs their home club or belong to their community club and a project club.

In Carter County, the 4-H program has project areas that cover almost any topic a youth might have interest in. Some 4-H projects many might not be aware of are consumer education, child care, natural resources, public speaking, performing arts and science and technology.

Across the nation, 4-H has a long history of creating leaders. According to the a study of 4-H, youths involved in 4-H are four-time more likely to contribute to their communities when in grades seven through 12th and two times more likely to be civially active when in grades eight through 12th.

That same study found high school aged 4-H’ers were more likely to participate in science, engineering and computer technology programs outside of school.

The clubs welcome adults in the community to become certified 4-H volunteers. For those interested in working with 4-H’ers and have a special interest or talent, contact the extension office.

To ask questions about enrollment or to volunteer, call the OSU Extension Office at (580) 223-6570.