COLUMBIA, Mo. – The 4-H Center for Youth Development at the University of Missouri Extension will hold a National 4-H Week celebration on Friday, Oct. 12, at the old MU Alumni Center, 1105 Carrie Franke Drive, Columbia. The event is held in connection with National 4-H Week, which began Sunday.

A reception begins at 2 p.m. with a presentation by MU Chancellor Brady Deaton and Vice Provost for Extension Michael Ouart at 3 p.m.

The celebration, “A Tribute to Our Partners,” is held to honor approximately 500 faculty, staff and program partners who help the 4-H Center for Youth Development connect kids to campus.

About 4-H

One of every four Missourians between the ages of 4 and 18 participated in an MU Extension 4-H program in the past year. Historically, 4-H has been thought of as a program for rural youth, but 27 percent of all participants are now from urban areas. In 2011, 4-H connected 8,466 members from 105 counties and the City of St. Louis to campus faculty, mostly MU faculty.

Food, Health and Fitness is the top project for 4-H members, with Science, Engineering and Technology groups being the second most popular.

Recent studies have shown that 4-H participants do better academically in grade and high school, and are twice as likely to go to college.

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