January is Ohio 4-H Mental Health Month!

Increase your mindfulness and positive mental health with these activities. Challenge yourself or your friends to complete the card by the end of January.  Some of the activities are links that will take you to other web pages, including YouTube videos, with more details on completing the activity.

Hunt (4-H)ealth Activity Card

Ways to Volunteer Your Time to the 4-H Program

Our 4-H program team is always interested in hearing from adults who are seeking ways to volunteer for the 4-H program, yet not having the time committment to be a club advisor.  This flyer offers 10 great ways in which you can help make our 4-H program achieve our goal to "make the best better"!  Contact our office is these ideas motivate you to become involved in Champaign County 4-H.

Activities to do while at home during COVID 19

Preparing Youth for Success

4-H is a non-formal educational, youth development program offered to individuals age 5 and in kindergarten to age 19. Ohio 4-H youth development reaches more than 240,000 youth each year – helping kids “learn by doing” through hands-on activities.

Ohio 4-H membership is based on a child's age and grade as of January 1 of the current project year.  Eligibility for Cloverbud participation begins when a child is enrolled in Kindergarten and is five years old.  Eligibility for participation in 4-H projects and competitive events begins when a child is age 8 and in the 3rd grade.  Any youth age 9 or above is eligible for project membership, regardless of grade level.  Membership requires enrollment in an authorized Ohio 4-H club or group under the direction of an OSU Extension professional or an approved adult volunteer.  A youth’s 4-H eligibility ends December 31 the year he or she turns 19.  Joining Ohio 4-H is a privilege and responsibility for individuals and is subject to the Ohio 4-H Code of Conduct and applicable policies of The Ohio State University.

All 4-H programs focus on active involvement and quality experiences which stimulate lifelong learning of values and skills. 4-H members learn valuable lessons in leadership, communication and collaboration while increasing their knowledge in math, science, technology and a variety of other topics.

4-H creates fun while learning in a variety of ways. Kids can participate in 4-H through community clubs, camps, in-school and after-school activities, and summer programs. They increase their self-confidence and personal life skills while learning about specific subjects - anything from animals or computers to public speaking, cooking, art, gardening, and environmental sciences, just to name a few project topics.

Melinda Ryan is the 4-H Educator for Champaign County.  She can be reached at ryan.1608@osu.edu.

You can also learn more about all OSU Extension 4-H youth development programs at http://ohio4h.org.

Extension has been helping all Ohioans build better lives, better businesses and better communities since 1914.