Kristie Johnson is the 4-H Program Coordinator.

October 7-13 is National 4-H Week, and Polk County is celebrating the 4-H youth, who have made an impact on the community, and are stepping up to the challenges of a complex and changing world.

Youth are connecting with their community by putting up fliers, making window displays and inviting new members in their schools to join.

Recent findings from Tufts University's 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that young people in 4-H are three times more likely to contribute to their communities than youth not participating in 4-H. Notably, the Tufts research discovered that the structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that 4-Hers receive play a vital role in helping them actively contribute to their communities. In Polk County, more than 120 4-H members and 52 volunteers are involved in 4H.

Also during National 4-H Week, hundreds of thousands of youth from all around the nation will complete a single, innovative experiment on 4-H National Youth Science Day, which will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. The 2012 National Science Experiment, 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge, explores how robots can be used to preserve and protect the environment, while offering a glimpse into the future of science, technology, engineering and math.

4-H youth are a living breathing, culture-changing revolution for doing the right thing, breaking through obstacles and pushing our country forward by making a measurable difference right where they live. Learn how you can Join the Revolution of Responsibility at Or contact Kristie Johnson, 4-H Program Coordinator at Polk County Extension Office in McIntosh at 1-800-450-2465.