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Statistics

The 4-H logo.Mississippi 4-H Youth Development Status Report 2015

Enrollment 

  • 66,361

Geographic Location

  • 6% lived on farms
  • 60% lived in towns under 10,000 and open country
  • 29% lived in towns and cities of 10,000 to 50,000
  • 5%   lived in suburbs and cities

Gender

  • 51% girls
  • 49% boys

Grade in School:

  • 30% K- 3rd
  • 29% 4th-6th
  • 18% 7th-9
  • 17% 10th-12th
  • 5% Post-high school
  • 1% Special

Ethnic Background

  • 56% White
  • 41% African-American
  • 1.5% Hispanic
  • 1% American Indian
  • .5%  Asian        

Project Enrollment

  • 29% Healthy Lifestyle Education
  • 18% Wildlife, Forestry, Shooting Sports, and Sport Fishing
  • 15% Personal Development and Leadership
  • 15% Animal Science
  • 6% Science, Engineering, and Technology
  • 6% Plant Sciences
  • 4% Consumer and Family Sciences
  • 4% Citizenship
  • 3% Communication and Expressive Arts

 

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Young campers paddle across a lake during a Mississippi State University conservation camp in 2015. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson)
Filed Under: Wildlife Youth Education April 28, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The conclusion of the school year does not mean learning must end, too.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service and the MSU College of Forest Resources are offering three summer youth camps in June. These Conservation Camps are designed to engage and excite young people in natural science and nature-based outdoor recreation. Hands-on learning, outdoor activity, and new friends and experiences are central to all three camps.

Anna Katherine Hosket, a member of the Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H program in Choctaw County, runs barrels in the 2017 4-H Winter Classic horse show series. Show organizers and participants celebrated the event’s 10th anniversary on March 31. (Photo courtesy of Gina Wills)
Filed Under: 4-H, 4-H Livestock Program April 7, 2017

VERONA, Miss. -- "Practice makes perfect" is the adage organizers of the 4-H Winter Classic believe sums up the 10-year-old horse show that helps 4-H horse program participants prepare for the formal summer show season.

The Winter Classic is open to all Mississippi 4-H'ers. It provides young people an opportunity to participate in two shows per month from January to March before the formal Mississippi 4-H Horse Shows begin in June. The Winter Classic and the Mississippi 4-H Horse Shows are part of the Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H youth development program.

The glass ceiling Ann Fulcher Ruscoe shattered in 1996 was outside in the Mississippi Delta’s wide expanse of agricultural fields. In fall 2000, she worked with cotton grower Kenneth Hood of Gunnison. (File photo from the MSU Alumnus Magazine)
Filed Under: 4-H, About Extension, Women for Agriculture April 4, 2017

CLARKSDALE, Miss. -- Almost 200 years after Mississippi became a state, residents may find it difficult to imagine a time when women could not be Extension agricultural agents. That time was right up until the late 1990s when Ann Fulcher Ruscoe became the "county agent" for Coahoma County.

"Most entry level jobs for the Extension Service involved 4-H responsibilities. That's how I started in 1980 in Bolivar County," Ruscoe said. "Eventually, 4-H agents would usually become home economists if they were women or county agents if they were men."

Sandra Jackson, an agent of the Mississippi State University Extension Service in Winston County, helps 6-year-old Akilah Goss assemble a Lego maze March 16, 2017. Jackson was the first agent to teach the 4-H Lego Engineering Club curriculum, which is a STEM program geared toward 4-H’ers aged 5 to 7. (Photo by MSU Extension/Kevin Hudson)
Filed Under: 4-H, Technology March 23, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Miss. -- Thirteen Winston County children were the test pilots of a new 4-H program while their schools were on spring break.

After seeing a demonstration of the 4-H Lego Engineering Club curriculum in February, Sandra Jackson, an agent of the Mississippi State University Extension Service in Winston County, immediately wanted to use it during a camp she was leading in March. The program, designed for Cloverbuds, or 4-H'ers aged 5-7, uses Lego bricks as teaching tools for fundamentals of science, technology, engineering and math -- STEM.

Brian Utley, video producer with MSU Extension’s Agricultural Communications, focuses a camera on former MSU football quarterback Dak Prescott in July 2016. Prescott is the face of the 2017 Public Service Announcement campaign for the 70x2020 Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative. (Photo by MSU Extension/Kevin Hudson)
Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Health, Colon Cancer Screening February 28, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Having performed colonoscopies regularly throughout his career, retired gastroenterologist Dr. Sam Pace is experienced in identifying precursors of colorectal cancer.

Although he did not feel any of those symptoms himself in 2011, Pace learned after a routine screening that he had the disease.

"My story is effective when I talk to patients who say they feel fine and nothing is going to happen to them," Pace said. "I felt fine before I found out I had colon cancer. Fortunately, I was screened early enough to treat and survive it."

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