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Youth celebrated during National 4-H Week October 7-13

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

On Saturday, October 13 from 8 a.m. to noon at the St. Mary's School gymnasium in Alexandria, 4-H youth will connect with the community by hosting a Kids Against Hunger event.

"Putting together meals for Kids Against Hunger is one way I get to help others here in Minnesota and around the world," said Shaun Mateer of the Go-Bees 4-H Club.

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.

The research discovered that the structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that 4-H'ers receive play a vital role in helping them actively contribute to their communities.

In Douglas County, about 400 4-H members and 100 volunteers are involved in 4 H.

Learn how you can Join the Revolution of Responsibility at, or contact Jodi Hintzen, 4-H coordinator, at the Minnesota Cooperative Extension, Douglas County at (320) 762-3890 or e-mail