Media Contact: Wendy Huckaby, U of M Extension, (612) 624-4333, firstname.lastname@example.org
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (10/7/2010) -- As part of National 4-H Week, Governor Tim Pawlenty has proclaimed Oct. 4-8, 2010, as "4-H Week" in Minnesota, with more than 123,000 4-H participants across the state joining 6 million 4-H youth nationwide in celebrating the learning opportunities that 4-H provides.
The proclamation recognizes the efforts of Minnesota's 4-H members to lead the way toward solving problems in their communities and making a difference for their futures.
Approximately 123,486 young people participated in University of Minnesota Extension's 4-H program in 2009--nearly a quarter of all youth between the ages of 5-19 living in the state. By taking part in the program, youth learn through hands-on experiences in 4-H's mission mandates of science, engineering and technology, healthy living, and citizenship.
For more than 100 years, 4-H has connected youth and their communities with the innovative research and resources of the nation's 106 land-grant universities and colleges.
To learn more about Minnesota 4-H, visit www.extension.umn.edu/youth/mn4-H.
To view the Governor's proclamation, visit www.extension.umn.edu/go/1048.