By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– After a draft county spending plan threatened to halt funding and close 4-H youth programs across San Bernardino County, the Board of Supervisors unanimously moved to restore the program Tuesday.
First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood intervened on behalf of the program, which will now continue to receive essential county funding. Lovingood, who made the motion to restore funding, said the county supports 4-H with $65,000 in direct support along with office space for the UC Cooperative Extension, which oversees 4-H.
“Supporting 4H is a bargain,” Lovingood said. “This is a small amount of money that pays dividends for our youth and adults alike.”
Third District Supervisor Ramos expressed his support for the funding and added, “San Bernardino County is unique. The 4-H Programs in the First and Third Districts are vital to the communities which we serve. It was my pleasure to support Supervisor Lovingood in his effort to restore the funding to UC Co-operative and the 4-H Programs.”
4-H programs offer students training in agriculture, livestock, business, home economics and the arts. These programs are not offered in schools. The Master Gardner, Master Food Preserver and Nutrition Outreach courses offer our residents information on home economics that are not found elsewhere and are trending with local movements of self-reliance and healthy lifestyles.
“We are grateful to all the Supervisors for voting to restore Cooperative Extension/4-H and the investment in San Bernardino County Youth,” said Cheryl Eggleston, 4-H program representative. “We especially are grateful to Supervisor Lovingood for his continued support and keeping Cooperative Extension in the forefront.”
4H Club members learn to work together as a team, build future skills related to careers ranging from agriculture to robotics and natural sciences, while learning the importance of profit/loss with recordkeeping. Public speaking and interview techniques are also taught so members will be ready for college and job interviews.
4-H is an organization for youth, ages 5 – 19, that promotes hands-on learning and utilizes the volunteer skills of parents, community partners, and other youth organizations. The San Bernardino County 4-H Youth Development Program has 12 clubs throughout the county. For information on joining 4-H, click on www.ca4h.org or call (909) 387-2179.