Calexico to Open New Community 4-H Club

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4HCloverMark18USC707CALEXICO ­- With the support of the Imperial County Board of Supervisors in the form of $10,000, a new community 4-H Club for will be launched in Calexico this summer after a 20 year absence .

Calexico is a low-income community. In order to establish a new 4-H Club for 5- to 19-year-old youth, the  $10,000 board allotment will cover start-up costs.

According to the article, written by UC Cooperative Extension 4-H program representative Shanna Abatti, 20 years have passed since a 4-H Club was chartered in Calexico, the second-largest city in Imperial County.

One of the biggest challenges in starting a new club is identifying volunteer leaders. Clubs usually have 1 or 2 organizational leaders who help the youth elect officers, structure club meetings and attend 4-H council board meetings. Volunteer project leaders provide learning activities in project areas of their choice, such as photography, hiking, folklorico, arts and crafts, animals or any other field.

The funding from the Imperial County Board of Supervisors will allow the 4-H office to hold an interest meeting in Calexico, train project leaders, purchase kits needed to implement projects, cover enrollment fees for participants and purchase hats and t-shirts for the youth.