Ford County 4-Hers will be celebrating National 4-H Week October 6-12.

This year’s theme, "Inspire Kids to Do," is a campaign that will give kids more opportunities to do and empower them with the skills they need to succeed in life and a career.

To celebrate National 4-H Week, our 4-Her’s will be spend the month of October writing promotional letters to the Editors of local newspapers in Ford County detailing their 4-H experience.

4-H is the nation’s largest, positive youth development and mentoring organization.

4-H life skills programs are available through 4-H clubs, camps, after school and school enrichment programs.

4-H is an organization that is delivered by Cooperative Extension, K-State Research and Extension in Kansas.

This is an organization of more than 100 public universities nation-wide that provides experiences for young people to learn by doing.

Ford County has 126 club members, six Clover buds (5 and 6 year olds) and 89 wonderful volunteers who participate and support the activities of seven community clubs and two project clubs.

These youth participate in a wide variety of projects and activities ranging from robotics and photography to livestock judging, leadership activities and camping experiences.

We have also have a bi-lingual community club and activities to fit everyone’s interests.

Research has shown that 4-H youth members, in comparison with other youth are: 3.3 times more likely to contribute to their communities; have significantly lower drug, cigarette, and alcohol use; are 2.3 times more likely to exercise and be physically active and are nearly two times more likely to go to college

The study can be accessed at

We believe in empowering kids with the skills they need to succeed. In 4-H, mentors inspire kids to be doer by empowering them to pursue their passions and chart their own course.

Here in Ford County, we follow the 4-H motto and strive to "Make the Best Better!"

We hope you will support the 4-Her’s of Ford County and the future leaders of Kansas as they work to make the clubs, the communities they live in, their country and their world a better place!

For more information on the 4-H program in Ford County, call the Ford County Extension Office at 620-227-4542 or visit us online at