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Leadership, Citizenship and Ethics

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4-H Honor Club – The Hamilton County 4-H Honor Club is open to all 5th – 12th graders in Hamilton County. The meetings are held online this fall on the first Thursday of the month during the school year. Time is 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. More information about 4-H Honor Club is available at the Tennessee 4-H website.

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4H All Stars – All 9th – 12th graders in Hamilton County are eligible for 4-H All Stars. You must be a Tennessee 4-H Honor Club member and submit an application for initiation into 4-H All Stars. The 4-H All Star motto is “Service.”  More information on upcoming events for the 4-H All Stars is available at the 4-H Eastern Region website.

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4-H Citizenship Club – The 4-H Citizenship Club is open to all Hamilton County residents in grades 4th-12th. There is no cost to join or participate, and you can join this Club at any time by completing a 4-H enrollment form.

The Citizenship Club meetings are held online in the fall of 2020. Upcoming meetings: Thursday, September 24 at 4 p.m. Thursday, October 29 at 4 p.m. Thursday, November 19 at 4 p.m.

4-H Citizenship Club members participate in a variety of traditional 4-H activities, including the public speaking contest, demonstration/interactive exhibit contest, art poster contest, and more. Call the Extension Office (423-855-6113) or email msabin@tennessee.edu to be sent a link to join the next meeting!

Southern Region Teen Leadership Conference (SRTLC) – A conference for teens in the southern region interested in learning leadership and citizenship skills. The conference is virtual in 2020. Learn more about the SRTLC.

4-H Health Rocks!

Health Rocks! is a decision-making program primarily focused on youth grades 6-8 but contains lessons that can be adapted to benefit youth of all ages. The program is taught to help young people learn skills such as critical thinking, how to manage stress, how to handle peer pressure, and how to communicate effectively. Special emphasis is given to avoiding the use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs that are likely to cause harm or addiction. 

The program includes components that bring youth and adults together as partners in developing community strategies that prepare youth to make healthy lifestyle choices. Health Rocks! was designed with the belief that programs that incorporate life-skill development and decision making will truly reduce drug use and other high risk behaviors in young people.  Personal, social skills, and abilities help youth become more resistant to substance use.  Ultimately, we want to have children who are already forming their opinions about tobacco, alcohol, and drugs to make healthy choices to resist pressures from peers and other factors.