Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is celebrating 4-H youth who make an impact on Iowa communities and are stepping up to the challenges of a complex and changing world.

Approximately one in five Iowa school-age youth participate in 4-H programs, said Keli Tallman, 4-H Youth Development Specialist. More than 105,000 young Iowans are involved in 4-H clubs, special interest groups, school enrichment, camping and other 4-H programs each year. Emily Wilkerson of Adel stated, " 4-H has taught me to be reliable, responsible, trustworthy to use problem solving skills and to be a leader. They will help me make good life choices."

Blake Kuehl of Woodward said he has forged new friendships through the program and "has helped teach me about being responsible as well as things like being on time, work ethics, and being respectful of others."

4-H is where kids can learn by doing. More than 7,500 adult volunteers contribute their time, energy and expertise to engage youth in hands-on learning experiences in healthy living; science, technology, engineering and math; citizenship and leadership; and communication and the arts.

Chekota Kluesner of Minburn added, " 4-H helped me learn budgeting skills and about helping others. I want to tell others about my experiences and when I can no longer be a 4-H member I would someday like to be a club leader."

ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development partners with nearly 3,000 organizations, associations, businesses and school districts to strengthen local 4-H programs, including long-term learning experiences with youth through 4-H clubs and shorter-term learning through camps and special events.

If you would like to join 4-H or to volunteer for the 4-H program contact Aleta Cochran at the Dallas County Extension Office call 515-993-4281 or email