What Is Carteret 4-H?

— Written By Dee Smith
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“Isn’t 4-H just chickens and cows?”

“I remember when I was in 4-H we showed rabbits.”

“Isn’t that a farm kid’s club?”

4-H is about bunnies and farms, but is has grown to include so much more. 4-H is about developing the life skills of youth in ways that connect them to their world. Yes, sometimes that may involve a farm animal or two but it is about the connections that youth make with their show animal. It is about learning responsibility through caring and nourishing farm animals from birth to show, and participating in a community that is larger than themselves.

Youth that participate in a county 4-H program learn many different life skills to make them healthy, productive, hardworking members of society. Skills that will carry them throughout their entire life. 4-H gives youth confidence to help them succeed in school, college and throughout their careers. 4-H teaches compassion, empathy and how to serve others while building relationships that last a lifetime. Decision making is taught through everything from making healthy food choices and exercise to event planning and choosing topics for projects.

Youth participating in a STEM team building project with a focus on healthy living and electronic building.

Youth participating in a STEM team building project with a focus on healthy living and electronic building.

Carteret County 4-H offers a variety of different clubs as well as school enrichment programs across the various public and private schools in the county. Community clubs range in topics from marine biology, horses and other farm animals, archery and citizenship to community service. Plus, all clubs have leadership opportunities. In partnership with Carteret County School System, enrichment programs include Embryology and Health Rocks. Embryology teaches the life cycle by hatching chicken eggs in second grade classrooms. Health Rocks communicates the negative consequences of both short and long term use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco on the body, relationships and all aspects of life. Some schools even participate in environmental cleanups and learn about reducing, reusing and recycling through environmental education.

Students participate in a Health Rocks activity at a local school.

Students participate in a Health Rocks activity at a local school.

Although 4-H began as corn and tomato clubs well over 100 years ago it has evolved into a relevant program today empowering youth with the skills they need for tomorrow.

If you would like more information on Carteret County 4-H, please contact our 4-H Youth Development Agent, Danielle Sanders at danielle_sanders@ncsu.edu or 252-222-6352 or Program Associate, Dee Smith at dee_edwards-smith@ncsu.edu.