The following is a proclamation signed by Governor Brownback recognizing this week as National 4-H Week.
TO THE PEOPLE OF KANSAS, GREETINGS:
WHEREAS, social problems concern our nation and threaten its future; and
WHEREAS, 4-H is a community of young people learning leadership, citizenship and life skills; and
WHEREAS, 4-H is the largest youth development organization in the nation with more than 7 million young people supported by over 500,000 teen and adult volunteers nationwide; and
WHEREAS, 4-H in Kansas is the largest youth education organization, other than public education, and is open to all youth age 7 through 19. It attracts over 25,500 youth members, 132,000 4-H youth participants (including school enrichment programs) and 19,500 volunteers supporting those 4-H activities; and
WHEREAS, 4-H had its beginnings in rural America, but now addresses issues facing youth wherever they live -- in inner cities, suburbs and rural communities and helps break barriers by focusing on learning-by-doing; and
WHEREAS, 4-H as part of the Kansas State University Cooperative Extension Service is a program where youth learn through hands-on experiences in science, engineering and technology, healthy living and citizenship projects, leadership events and activities; and
WHEREAS, 4-H has been providing youth with the innovative research and resources from our nation’s 106 land-grant universities and colleges for more than 100 years with the mission to help young people acquire knowledge, develop life skills and form attitudes which will help them become self-directing, productive members of society:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sam Brownback, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF KANSAS, do hereby proclaim October 7th – 13th of 2012, as
National 4-H Week
in Kansas and urge the people of our State to take advantage of the opportunity to become more aware of this special program which enhances our young people’s interests in their futures as part of Kansas 4-H and to join us in recognizing the unique partnership between 4-H and our State University System.
DONE: At the Capitol in Topeka
under the Great Seal of the
State this 24th day of
August, A.D. 2012