LAKE COUNTY — Lake County 4-H is pleased to announce it has received a grant from the Gerber Foundation for youth programming. The Gerber Foundation, located in Fremont, supports a variety of youth programming within a 4-county area that includes Lake, Muskegon, Newaygo and Oceana Counties in West Michigan.

Annual grants are awarded through a competitive application and review process and are geared toward projects serving youth from 0 to 18 years of age. The funds awarded to Lake County 4-H will cover the $20 annual participation fees associated with 4-H membership within the county.

Since 1902, 4-H has been there reaching out to young people across America to develop leadership, citizenship and life skills as they work in partnership with adult mentors. In 4-H, we are committed to helping young people, ages 5 – 19 years of age, develop skills to help them succeed and reach their full potential.

4-H has deep traditional roots within agriculture, however, 4-H today also encompasses many learning opportunities designed to fit the needs of youth at different ages. Through a variety of projects — from food and forestry to rockets and sewing — 4-H gives children and teens opportunities to learn life skills, to practice them, and become confident in their ability to use them in the future. There are hands-on, learn-by-doing, opportunities for everyone.

In addition to community 4-H clubs within Lake County, there are also a vast number of opportunities for youth to become engaged in 4-H through in-school programs, after-school programs and clubs, 4-H’s partnership with local libraries, 4-H outreach opportunities such as workshops at Kettunen Center and trips such as 4-H Capitol Experience and 4-H Exploration Days.

To learn more about 4-H enrollment and opportunities, contact Laurie Platte Breza, Lake County 4-H Program Coordinator at (231) 745-2732 or visit canr.msu.edu/resources/join_4_h.

The Gerber Foundation, begun in 1952, by Dan Gerber and Gerber Products Company, is a private foundation today with no ties to the company. The Foundation has a long history of community support, including support to youth programs, education, and health and human services. The Foundation provides support to a variety of programs including summer camp scholarships, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics education programs, support for dental services, parenting education and more.