4-H Teen Club Meeting- Wednesday, January 19th at 3:30 at the Breathitt County Extension Office. 

A few months ago, the Breathitt County 4-H Teen Club was awarded a UK CARES Community Grant. Through this grant the teens want to create an educational program explaining the importance of clean waterways in Breathitt County. Based on their initial observations they found numerous examples of illegal dumping and trash along the banks of the river. After talking with community leaders, University of Kentucky faculty & staff, and their 4-H Agent, the teens decided they wanted to pursue a plan to address the issue since rural water systems were being affected by the illegal dumpsites and littering The Breathitt County 4-H Teen's plan to follow the citizen science model and will conduct both qualitative and quantitative research under the direction of the County 4-H Youth Development Agent along with extension water quality specialists. By completing the entire process teens will have enhanced their leadership skills and will be able to further identify issues and implement change to better their communities while increasing their civic engagement. By engaging teens in the process, our communities will benefit through creating future leaders that will give back to their communities as a younger age as well as see a positive environmental impact through education and community clean ups that occurred through their efforts.