FRANKFORT, KY (3/14/12) – The Kentucky State Senate today adopted Senator Joey Pendleton's resolution (Senate Resolution 222) recognizing Kentucky 4-H members and their adult mentors as they participate in "4-H: A Capitol Experience."
Senator Pendleton, D-Hopkinsville, said today (March 13) has been designated "4-H: A Capitol Experience," and represents a day when hundreds of 4-H Youth Development participants are visiting the capitol of this great Commonwealth to gain a better understanding of how their government works.
The 4-H Youth Development program sponsors 4-H clubs in urban and rural areas throughout the state. Over 200,000 young people ranging in ages from 5 to 19 participate in 4-H clubs, school enrichment, special interest, individual study, and mentoring in every county of the state.
Kentucky ranks in the top 10 of several 4-H enrollment categories nationally. Kentucky 4-H youth participate in such diverse areas as citizenship and civic engagement; communication and expressive arts; family and consumer sciences; environmental education and earth sciences; health lifestyle education; personal development; leadership; plant science; animal science, and technology.
"These individuals are the future leaders of Kentucky and, most especially, the future leaders in agriculture," said Senator Pendleton, who has more than 30 years of volunteer service to 4-H. "I have personally seen 4-H make a difference in the lives of the youth who get involved."
Participation in 4-H provides young people with hands-on real life opportunities to learn skills, gain knowledge, and make contributions in areas such as agriculture, environmental education, technology, community service, and current youth issues, as well as promotes youth having fun.
The Senator said that 4-H has changed throughout the years to embrace new fields of endeavor, and has spread across the globe through sponsorship of the International 4-H Youth Exchange.
“Each year I look forward to ‘4-H: A Capitol Experience,’ when hundreds of young people, many wearing their green jackets, join us in Frankfort during the legislative session to be recognized on the floor of the Kentucky State Senate and House of Representatives,” Senator Pendleton said. “I am always filled with a sense of pride when I see these young people and know that they are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.”
The University of Kentucky's Cooperative Extension Service, Kentucky State University’s Cooperative Extension Service, and their extension professionals, along with thousands of dedicated volunteers, and with the support of 4-H parents, keep the 4-H program functioning effectively. The program has also developed mutually beneficial partnerships with education, business, government, organizations and individuals.
Senator Pendleton encourages young people to join 4-H. To get involved, contact the 4-H staff at the local Cooperative Extension Service office. The agent for 4-H Youth Development can provide 4-H opportunities available in the community.
In 2008, Senator Pendleton received the 4-H Friend of Kentucky Award for being a role model and champion for Kentucky's 4-H youth for three decades at the state 4-H Hall of Fame Volunteer Recognition.
Senator Pendleton, who has served in the State Senate since 1993, represents the 3rd District, which includes Christian, Todd and Logan counties.
Information provided by Leslie Caudill
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