National 4-H Week: Show 4-H Pride With #iam4H Hashtag!

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Photo: Remember all week to use the #iam4h on Twitter and Facebook to celebrate National 4-H Week and #4HNYSD on Wednesday, October 8 for 4-H National Youth Science Day.

So here is the question of the decade. When did the pound sign become known as a hashtag? Until recently, the pound sign’s major function in terms of technology was the button on your phone that you pressed to activate or deactivate call forwarding on your phone. That is before phones went everywhere with us, and now we no longer need call forwarding. As social media has taken off, so has the term hashtag (which is still called a pound sign unless it is used in front of a series of words to create a grouping). When Twitter launched on the world, users felt the need to find certain types of tweets easier, so the pound sign was used in front of the words as an organizational tool so searchers could group tweets of a specific topic together. Since “pound sign” did not sound technologically advanced, the symbol evolved to be known as the hashtag. Evolving is what we must do to move forward, stay relevant, and prepare us for the future. It’s just not people who move forward learning and evolving but organizations as well. For example, take a look at 4-H. Your first thoughts go to cows and cooking – rural youth growing up on farms learning technology to help their parents.  4-H is about so much more than cows and cooking. This organization has evolved to keep the interest of more than 200,000 youth in North Carolina.  Mecklenburg County 4-H does have an embryology program; youth gardening; arts; citizenship; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); leadership; and other programs, to name a few.  We know it is important for our youth to be well rounded to be successful now and later in life as adults. So we plan programming to fit their needs now and in the future. October 5-11 is National 4-H Week. We are encouraging all 4-H members and volunteers during this week (and even before or after) to get on social media and share their 4-H experiences using the hashtag #iam4H. What better way to share how this program has evolved and helped them to evolve than sharing it with the world? We would love for you to join us, share with the world the wonderful things you did if you were in 4-H or things you see our youth doing today. Evolve with us and be a part of our Revolution of Responsibility by using #iam4H. For more information, please contact 4-H Staff with North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Mecklenburg County Center, at 704-336-2082, or by e-mail at or, or visit our website at

Photo: It is National 4-H Week October 5-11, 2014. Like and share if you are an educator, volunteer, member, or alumnus!

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Photo of Catherine DanielsCatherine Daniels4-H Program Assistant, 4-H Youth Development (704) 353-0740 catherine_daniels@ncsu.eduMecklenburg County, North Carolina
Updated on Oct 28, 2014
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