Here at Dakota County, we're really proud of the work our local 4-H chapters are doing! That's why we took time out at a recent board of commissioners meeting to recognize the organization's "Youth Teaching Youth" program. As part of the program, older students work with elementary-aged kids to educate them on the dangers of things like alcohol and tobacco.
Overall, there are 25 community 4-H clubs in Dakota County, serving more than 1,200 youth members. Participation is open to kids in kindergarten through "13th grade" (one year after high school graduation) and only costs $25 a year. The clubs offer programming in everything from agriculture to science to photography (and more!). Dakota County 4-H focuses on positive youth development—and it's a mission we as a county are committed to supporting. We provide some financial assistance to our area 4-H; in return, 4-H staff regularly connect with our commissioners to adapt their offerings to serve the area's needs. If you'd like more info about the local clubs—or would like to sign-up—check out their webpage.