June 4, 2021 - 4:13pm -- staubach.9@osu.edu

The rain didn't deter Advisors Hope and Alphanso Johnson-Gordon from activating 38 youth to work in a local community garden for Global Youth Service Day.

Global Youth Service Day is the largest youth service and civic action event in the world and the only one that celebrates all youth ages 5-25. On April 23-25, youth and adults alike were called to engage, serve, advocate, join, celebrate, or build capacity.

Hope and Alphanso came to 4-H a few years ago with an interest in starting a 4-H club in the Evanston Community. Hope, a teacher at Withrow High School, noticed the need for experiential, student directed learning and saw 4-H as a way to help engage more youth in the community.

In 2020 the E-Town 4-H Club officially got off the ground with 5 initial members. The club continues to grow to serve this new audience.

In cooperation with a local non-profit and funding for Global Youth Service Day from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, E-Town 4-H planted potatoes and prepared the garden space for a productive summer. Evanston is an urban community, and the new green space will provide a learning oasis on hot summer days.

Students in the E-Town 4-H Club also participated in the ChickQuest program, raising chickens with OSU Extension, Hamilton County 4-H Youth Development. Those chickens were hatched and donated to local families.

A special thanks to the youth of the E-Town 4-H Club for their hard work and dedication. We are sure you are going to make the world a better place with all of your hard work.

E-Town 4-H Members