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JUNEAU – 4-H has touched the lives of many thousands of people and shaped their lives by stimulating interest in their communities through service, teaching them new skills or influencing their career choices.

Many successful business owners, including farmers, can trace their beginnings in the business world to their 4-H experiences.

One of the unique things about the 4-H program, compared to other youth organizations, is that it is planned and run by young people themselves. This opportunity to elect leaders and plan programs with adult guidance helps develop leadership and decision-making skills that these young people will benefit from for the rest of their lives.

4-Hers keeps records detailing their projects and activities. Although record keeping is often not the most popular activity in the program, these books are a way to teach 4-Hers how to record what has been learned in projects and keep track of the finances involved. These skills stay with them throughout their lives, and 4-H alumni often credit their 4-H experiences and record keeping with their ability to cope with the record keeping that is part of their professional and personal lives. .