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Find Your Spark Through 4-H Projects

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Sit and think for a minute – what makes your life meaning and purpose? What is something that you are passionate about, the hidden flame that motivates you?

In the world of positive youth development research, there is growing evidence of key developmental assets that help youth people thrive rather than simply “get by.” Dr.Peter Benson from the Search Institute describe this passion as one’s “spark.” Sparks are activities and interests that brings out a person's energy and joy, allowing them to express their personality and contribute to the world. This can be something you’re good at (like playing the piano or painting), or something you care a lot about (like the environment), or a quality (like helping others). But how does someone find their spark?

The path to finding one’s spark starts with exploration – of projects, relationships, values. One can find their spark by spending time with other youth and adults, by immersing themselves in the community, and exploring a variety of interests.

4-H'ers have an opportunity to explore and find their spark through their club and project work✨. Through the club, they spend time with others of varying ages in the community. With over 30 different project areas, 4-H helps youth find their spark in different areas of interest from citizenship to STEM to animal science. 

The Johnson County 4-H’ers created videos to share the variety of projects offered here in our county. Watch the Project Videos at https://bit.ly/ProjVids and encourage the youth in your life to explore their spark. 

Learn more about Johnson County 4-H by going to https://www.johnson.k-state.edu/4-h/ or contacting the 4-H team at joco4-h@jocogov.org