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National 4-H Week is celebrated as part of ‘Revolution of Responsibility’ Campaign

National 4-H Week is celebrated as part of ‘Revolution of Responsibility’ Campaign

Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 8:01 pm

Knoxville — Like most teenagers, they spend their week with school, activities and sports, but they also find time to help others. Quiet revolutionaries, all of them, but making a huge noise in their communities with their service.
As Tennessee 4-H celebrates National 4-H Week this week the organization recognizes youth statewide for performing more than 100,000 hours of Service Learning Projects each year. This is part of National 4-H Council’s campaign called “The Revolution of Responsibility,” where youth are encouraged to perform volunteer work in their hometowns.
“Service is important to keep young people grounded and involved in their local area,” said Steve Sutton, director of Tennessee 4-H with University of Tennessee Extension.
“It keeps them in touch with what’s important in the real world, and helps them appreciate what they have. It empowers youth to believe in a better future,” Sutton said.
“For over 100 years, 4-H has led the way in teaching youth about responsibility,” said Daniel Sarver with Tennessee 4-H. “4-H’s eternal optimism in youth is embodied in this campaign — which believes youth can lead the way for positive change. Our youth ‘learn by doing’ and learn the value of hard work,” he said.
4-H’er Ariel Chism of Rutherford County has volunteered with the American Red Cross in disaster relief collection efforts. She also spends time with nursing home residents, and is part of a singing ministry that visits the elderly around Murfreesboro.
Rachel Hopkins of Knox County gives time to Goodwill Industries in Knoxville, an organization that helps the needy through donations of clothing and other items. “I loved working for Goodwill because of the people they reach out to — and being able to interact with all their amazing staff,”  Rachel said.
Community service can also spark a youngster’s interest in a potential career. Lysa Walterhouse from Memphis is interested in law enforcement, and volunteers in the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Program, where she learns about police work and also performs community service.
4-H’er Elizabeth Sanders from DeKalb County would like to be a 4-H agent herself someday. She volunteered for ‘Relay for Life’ fundraising events, and has served as a counselor to younger 4-H’ers.
4-H’ers mentioned in this article will attend National 4-H Congress Nov. 25 – 29 in Atlanta.
4-H is the Youth Development program for University of Tennessee Extension. 4-H teaches leadership, citizenship and service learning to more than 306,000 youth in the fourth through the 12th grades. 4-H also has more than 5,700 adult volunteers. UT Extension is one of four units in the UT Institute of Agriculture.
Contact Una Johnson the UT Extension office in Obion County to learn more about National 4-H Week or the local program.
For more on 4-H’s “Revolution of Responsibility, log on to www.4-h.org/about/revolution.

Published in The Messenger 10.04.11

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