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Amazing Kids! is proud to highlight the Amazing Kids! of the Month!

Each month, we showcase kids who are accomplishing amazing things.  We hope that by telling their special stories, we will inspire other kids to accomplish their own amazing achievements. 



Amazing Kids! of the Month for February, 1999: 
The Santa Clara County 4-H Youth!
 
 
This month we highlight the amazing accomplishments
 of the young people in the Santa Clara County 4-H Youth Development Program. 

Introducing Some Amazing Youth Learning How to Make the World a Better Place...

This month Amazing Kids! celebrates the amazing achievement of the young people in the Santa Clara 4-H Youth Development Program!  Through their 4-H experience, these amazing kids and teens have learned valuable lessons and skills they will be able to use for the rest of their lives.  Their experience has taught them about a variety of things, like the value of helping others, serving their communities, about individual responsibility and leadership, as well as more about themselves and their own amazing potential!

Below you will read about the 4-H programs and the special 4-H pledge.  You'll also learn what it's like to be a member of 4-H, as some of the amazing young members of the Santa Clara County 4-H Youth Development Program share their own 4-H experiences with you. 

Read Katie Helland's amazing story, the 8 year old award -winning chicken breeder!
Read about amazing Jessica Wentzel, the advanced computer award winner and see her computer-enhanced art!
Read about Lauren Jacques' amazing community service project to help cancer patients!

For more information about the Santa Clara County 4-H Council, and to read copies of their newsletter, visit their website at: http://www86.pair.com/fourh/santacla.htm.



4-H History

The original goal of the 4-H program was to form boys and girls clubs across the United States in order to teach them agricultural education.   Though the programs have expanded to include many other areas for learning, the objective have stayed the same:  "the development of youth as individuals and as responsible and productive citizens." 

4-H programs are offered in a variety of different ways, including:
 

  • organized clubs 
  • 4-H special interest or short term-groups 
  • 4-H school enrichment programs 
  • 4-H instructional TV 
  • 4-H camping 
  • 4-H activities 
  • 4-H centers or 
  • as individual members. 
From the beginning, the program has taken a "hands on" approach, and helped young people learn through fun and engaging "learning by doing" activities.

For more information about the history of 4-H, visit the National 4-H Council's website at:
http://www.fourhcouncil.edu/4hcenter/nhistory.htm



The 4H Pledge

I pledge:

                     My head to clearer thinking, 

                     My heart to greater loyalty, 

                     My hands to larger service and 

                     My health to better living, 

                     for my Club, my Community, my Country and my World. 



4H Membership and Volunteers

In a study done in 1994, the National 4-H Council found that over 5 and 1/2 million American youth, ages 5-19 participated in 4-H. 

The same study found that there were 666,582 volunteer leaders working directly and indirectly with youth-- 128,474 of them were 4-H junior & teen leaders!

For more interesting facts about the 4-H membership and volunteers, read the National 4-H Statistics 1994 web page:  http://www.fourhcouncil.edu/4hcenter/NFSTAT.HTM



In Their Own Words

Even wonder what it's like to be a member of 4-H?  Here, in their own words, some of the amazing 4-H youth of Santa Clara County tell you what being a part of 4-H has meant to them.

Read Katie Helland's amazing story, the 8 year old award -winning chicken breeder!
Read about amazing Jessica Wentzel, the advanced computer award winner and see her computer-enhanced art!
Read about Lauren Jacques' amazing community service project to help cancer patients!


Some Other Amazing 4-H Information
Wanto to learn more about 4-H?  Looking for a 4-H Club in your area?  Check out these 4-H links!
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4-H Links:

Santa Clara County 4-H Council http://www86.pair.com/fourh/santacla.htm

California 4-H Youth Development Program
http://fourh.ucdavis.edu/

Are You Into It?TM
"A program for kids who care."  Their website  is a cool place to find out more about 4-H.  If you live in the United States, you can search for a 4-H Club near you! http://www.areyouintoit.com/

National and Local 4-H Programs
(from National 4H website)

National 4-H Council Website

Youth-Corporate Connections
(Workforce Preparation, Environmental Stewardship, EarthView, OHV Vision Team) 

National 4-H Community ATV Safety Program

Program Assistant Internships

Innovation Center for Community & Youth Development

Youth Grants

Powering Up! 

Powering Up! en Español!

4-H After-School Activity Program in Los Angeles County

Colgate Youth for America
 



A Special Message from Amazing Kids! for all you kids and teens:
 
YOU CAN BE AN AMAZING KID AND TEEN TOO!

It's no secret...every person has the potential to be amazing in their own way.  Sometimes we just need a little help in finding out what our special talents are! 

If you are doing some amazing things too, we want to hear about it!  Send us your stories about your amazing accomplishments, so we can tell the world just how amazing you are!  We are always looking for new stories.  And don't be shy!  We'd love to hear from you!
Here's an idea you might want to try:

WHY NOT HELP OTHERS SEE THEIR OWN POTENTIAL?

If you know someone who needs a little encouragement, why not tell them what you think is special about them?  Maybe you can be the one to help them uncover their own special talents! 

Amazing Kids! is looking for teens like you to be Amazing Teen Volunteers and Ambassadors. If you'd like to join Amazing Kids! in helping to spread the word, please email us at:  info@amazing-kids.org

HELP US SPREAD THE WORD:

 It's cool to be an Amazing Kid!

 

Calling All Amazing Kids!  We Need Your Help!

If you are, or know any kids who are, doing amazing things, we want to hear about it

Send us your stories, so we might be able to feature you too someday!   Please be patient, and we will do our best to tell your story some day -- hopefully soon! 

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