For the 76th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week from Oct. 7-13.

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

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Jessica Sanders

Throughout National 4-H Week, Denton County 4-H will showcase the many ways the organization inspires kids to do through hands-on learning experiences as well as highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them.

4-H was founded on the belief that when kids are empowered to pursue their passions and chart their own course, their unique skills grow and take shape, helping them to become true leaders in their lives, careers and communities.

The Denton County 4-H program will be collecting donations for compassion bags for area homeless for this year’s 4-H One Day Service Project. We will be collecting travel-size toiletries and packaging them for delivery at Compassion Park during National 4-H week. All items will be collected at the Denton County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office until Monday, Sept. 24.

4-H alumni around the country are always the first to acknowledge the significant positive impact that 4-H had on them as young people. In fact, research has shown that young people in 4-H are nearly four times as likely to contribute to their communities and are twice as likely to engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs during after-school time.

In Denton, more than 325 4-H youth and 100 volunteers from the community are involved in 4-H.

Also, 4-H National Youth Science Day will kick off on Oct. 1 and take place throughout the month. The 2018 4-H NYSD challenge, now in its 11th year, is called “Code Your World,” a computer science-themed challenge co-developed by Google and West Virginia University Extension Service.

Code Your World will teach kids a wide variety of skills in a four-part series that will enable them to apply computer science to the world around them. This hands-on experience includes a computer-based activity on Google’s CS First platform, as well as three unplugged activities that bring coding to life through games and interaction. Code Your World is perfect for first-time and beginner coders, ages 8 to 14.

To learn more about 4-H and 4-H National Youth Science Day, please visit

4-H, the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, cultivates confident kids who tackle the issues that matter most in their communities right now. In the United States, 4-H programs empower 6 million young people through the 110 land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension System in more than 3,000 local offices serving every county and parish in the country.

Outside the United States, independent, country-led 4-H organizations empower 1 million young people in more than 50 countries. National 4-H Council is the private sector, nonprofit partner of the Cooperative Extension System and 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture within the United States Department of Agriculture.

If you and your family are interested in learning more about 4-H or for more information on details on how to begin your family’s 4-H experience, please visit our website at

Enrollment for the 2018-19 4-H year is currently open on Contact the 4-H office for more information at 940-349-2884. Also, follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @DentonCounty4H.

JESSICA SANDERS is the 4-H and Youth Development county extension agent with Texas AgriLife Extension. She can be reached at 940-349-2884 or via email at

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