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Support summer learning through volunteering

More than half of the achievement gap between lower and higher income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. ( When I first read this I thought, if only all youth had access to 4-H! 4-H members stay active and engaged in learning all summer long.

Throughout the summer months 4-H'ers are researching their projects, practicing demonstrations, training animals, growing gardens, experimenting with photos, working with wood and so much more! They are learning! They continue to use math and science skills, decision making and problem solving skills, and writing and language skills while they work on making the best project they can to show at their local fair. Then when they are judged at the fair they learn what they did well and how they can make it better next time.

All the fun that youth are having in 4-H over the summer is really providing them with educational opportunities that can help them do better in school! Shouldn't all Minnesota youth have this same opportunity to join 4-H and expand their educational opportunities? To make that happen we need you! It takes adults who are willing to share their time and talents with young people to make 4-H happen. The more adults involved in 4-H, the more youth who can participate.

You can make a difference in a child's education by being a 4-H volunteer. Visit Minnesota 4-H on the web or contact your local county extension office today and ask for the 4-H program coordinator to learn how you can be a 4-H volunteer.

Cara Miller
Past Executive Director
Minnesota 4-H Foundation

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