National 4-H Week was celebrated locally and nationally last week.

Across the United States, 4-H empowers nearly 6 million young people through hands-on learning. In Minnesota, more than 66,000 young people take part in 4-H and the organization’s impact is felt throughout the state. For instance, last year:

  • 89 percent of young people reported working with peers to address problems in their community.

  • More than 11,000 youth became more involved in projects focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

  • 93 percent explored a new activity, project or idea.

“Minnesota 4-H is a welcoming place for all youth,” said Brooke Remer, Extension educator in 4-H Youth Development in Cass County. “Our theme for this year’s 4-H Week is ‘Find Your Spark!’ and that’s a great way to describe how 4-H can make a positive impact on a young person’s life.”

4-H is operated by the University of Minnesota Extension. To learn more about 4-H in Cass County, visit