4‑H Mentoring: Virginia Mentees and Families Serve the Community

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When families come together, communities can reap the benefits. That’s what happened when the Danville 4‑H Center in Virginia held a Family Night Out that doubled as a community service project. As a part of the Youth and Families with Purpose (YFP) program (part of the 4‑H National Mentoring Program), mentors joined youth mentees and their families to give back and serve their community.

Over the course of several days, the group spent time growing and harvesting produce at the local Promear Community Garden. The opportunity was a rewarding one for the youth as the garden helps contribute to meals for their families, many of which receive government assistance. Participants spent their time weeding and watering the garden, as well as learned the significance of the plants in the garden and how to make organic plant spray. Community garden owners Mr. and Mrs. Predgen also treated the families to a lesson in food preservation with a canning demonstration.

The event/project proved to be a success as YFP families came together to support one another and their community.


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