National 4-H Week is being celebrated locally and nationally this 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 Randi Schwartz, Extension educator in 4-H Youth Development  in Blue Earth 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 University of Minnesota Extension. To learn more about 4-H in Blue Earth County, visit Additionally, join Blue Earth County 4-H on October 17th from 2-4 PM for  their fall festival full of activities, crafts, games, and more. Visit for more fall festival details.