HOUSE RESOLUTION NO.2009-4615, by Representatives Kessler and Warnick

     WHEREAS, The 4-H Youth Development Program of Washington State University Extension has assisted the young people in Washington to develop essential "life skills" since it was established in 1902; and
     WHEREAS, The program centers on teaching young people to become productive members of society by fostering citizenship, science, math and technology literacy, health and wellness, communication, and decision-making skills; and
     WHEREAS, Over 75,000 young people and 10,000 adult volunteers throughout Washington participated in 4-H Youth Development Programs in 2008; and
     WHEREAS, These programs helped participants learn about a wide variety of subjects including science, family living, applied arts, and government activism; and
     WHEREAS, These programs work with traditional community clubs and reach youth through urban groups, special interest groups, nutrition programs, after school programs, camping, and interagency learning experiences; and
     WHEREAS, More than 300 4-H members from around the state are currently visiting the state capitol as part of an annual statewide educational program titled "4-H Know Your Government"; and
     WHEREAS, The 4-H Know Your Government program focused this year on the judicial system, including how a citizen functions within it, and how the process affects our views of democracy; and
     WHEREAS, 4-H will continue its dedication to empower young people to become active global citizens and realize the value, significance, and responsibility of taking part in local, regional, state, national, and international community issues;
     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the members of the House of Representatives recognize the 4-H Youth Development Program for its many contributions to the youth of Washington and the betterment of our communities; and
     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be immediately transmitted by the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives to Pat Boyes, State 4-H Director for the Washington State University Extension 4-H Youth Development Program.

I hereby certify this to be a true and correct copy of
Resolution 4615 adopted by the House of Representatives
February 9, 2009

Barbara Baker, Chief Clerk