The leader of the Kansas 4-H Youth Development program praised the efforts of the volunteers, professionals, youth and families across the state in getting some parts of the organization back to near-normal operations in 2021.
But Wade Weber said the coming year promises to be even better as the state’s largest youth organization eyes more in-person activities.
“As I look back on 2021, I think of the many ways in which young people, volunteers and professionals re-purposed to do their best,” he said. “At the end of the day, what we saw was that these people showed the resiliency that really has become a hallmark of Kansas 4-H – and will continue to be as we move forward.”
Weber pointed to a couple events – the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, and the Kansas Youth Leadership Forum at Rock Springs Ranch – as examples of how 4-H managed to safely hold in-person events and provide youth opportunities for growth.
“These were opportunities to engage young people and help them be in that creative process of youth-adult partnerships,” Weber said.
He added that the new year already shows promise for continuing in-person activities. The 4-H Horse Panorama is scheduled for Jan. 28-30 in Hutchinson, and the 4-H dog project will be holding judges training and certification training Jan. 28-30 in Wichita.
In February, Weber said, 4-H will host Citizenship in Action at the Kansas State Capitol during the weekend of President’s Day (Feb. 20-21), and Kansas has been approved to send a delegation to Citizenship Washington Focus in Washington, D.C. during the first full week of June (the deadline to register is Jan. 15).
4-H scholarship applications now available
Weber also said that Kansas 4-H is now accepting applications for numerous scholarships available to youth. Many of the scholarships are available from donors, he said, including the prestigious Vanier Scholarship offered through the Kansas 4-H Foundation.
The application form is available online. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2022.