The CSU Montezuma County Extension office will host a 4-H open house and enrollment night from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at the County Annex, 107 N. Chestnut St., in Cortez
Club and project leaders will be available to answer questions about 4-H and the youth program, Kacey S. Riedel, director of the extension, said in a news release.
Young people experience 4-H through in-school and after-school programs, school and community clubs and 4-H camps.
“4-H is about developing positive life skills in our youth,” said Montezuma County 4-H coordinator Andrea Jeter. “Such skills include public speaking through presenting a demonstration and leadership by holding an officer position.”
Projects are available for young people ages 8 to 18, and the 4-H Cloverbud project is available for children ages 5 to 7. Members of 4-H complete hands-on projects, with guidance from adult mentors, by keeping a record book about their project, participating in a community service activity and conducting a demonstration.
Projects include dairy, cows, goats, market and breeding livestock, and horses, dogs and cats. Other projects include quilting, scrapbooking, woodworking, leathercraft, visual arts, rocketry, foods, robotics and clothing.
Young people and leaders may enroll in activities at the open house or through Dec. 31.
The open house is open to young people, parents and anyone interested in becoming a 4-H leader.
“We are always looking for people with skills in the various project areas willing to teach their skills to youth by becoming project leaders,” said Riedel.
New 4-H leaders must go through an onboarding process that includes a background check and an online orientation.