Alexandria, VA – Did you know that more than 1,200 young people and 75 volunteers work to make a positive impact in Alexandria, as part of 4-H?
4-H empowers six million young people through 110 land-grant universities and more than 3,000 local offices, and is the youth development education program of Virginia Cooperative Extension. Free services such as financial education, nutrition classes, youth development, lawn and garden advice, and energy-efficiency audits are examples of popular programming in Alexandria.
“I consider 4-H a formative part of my youth,” said City Manager Mark Jinks. “While I gained agricultural and horticultural knowledge, the most important lessons were the life values I learned.”
In honor of the amazing services that 4-H provides our youth, the City of Alexandria will host the #AlexandriaKidsDo social media contest to highlight the 4-H-inspired work taking place locally. Young people ages 5 to 19 are encouraged to showcase how they use hands-on learning to positively influence their community.
The theme of this year’s National 4-H Week is “Inspire Kids To Do,” which highlights youth participating in hands-on learning experiences in health, science, agriculture and civic engagement. Put your thinking caps on and use the hashtag #AlexandriaKidsDo and tag @Alexandria_4H for contest consideration.