4-H Safety Programs
4-H Shooting Sports is a national program with 428,020 young people taking part, making it one of the largest shooting education programs in the United States. Here in Mississippi, 4-H Shooting Sports involves thousands of kids and continues to grow annually. An established core of over 700 adult volunteer instructors and 4-H agents provide training and leadership for our program throughout the state.
The goal of the MSU Extension 4-H ATV Safety program is to reduce ATV-related accidents and fatalities in Mississippi. The objectives of the safety program are
- to increase the number of 4th- to 6th-grade participants by 1,000 in the 2-hour ATV Safety program using the ATV Safety Leader’s Guide,
- to increase the number of participants by 500 in the age-specific ATV Safety Institute (ASI) online E-Course ATV Safety Training,
- to increase the number of participants by 500 in the ATV Safety Tread-Sylvania online ATV safety game found at www.atv-youth.org,
- to develop ATV Safety public service announcements (PSA) involving ATV Safety program participants (statewide),
- to increase the number of certified ATV safety instructors by 10, and
- to increase the number of participants by 100 completing the 4.5-hour hands-on ATV RiderCourse training per year.
A recent grant award is helping provide all-terrain vehicle safety training to Mississippi 4-H’ers. The Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H ATV Safety Program recently received $10,000 from Polaris through the company’s T.R.A.I.L.S. grant program. The funds purchased two youth sized Polaris ATVs and safety equipment. T.R.A.I.L.S. is an acronym for trail development, responsible riding, access, initiatives, lobbying and safety.
Pearl River County 4-H’er excels at 4-H National Shooting Sports competition
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Hinds County 4-H’er learns patience, persistence through rifle competition
When a heart condition kept Brandy Barnes from playing basketball, she ramped up her dedication to 4-H shooting sports.
Extension ATV training helps cancer survivors’ wishes come true
Getting a driver’s license and going through ATV safety training are rites of passage for many Mississippi teens, but, for two young outdoorsmen, achieving these goals meant much more
4-H Shooting Sports teaches teen character and generosity
Quitman native Taivon Collins learned an important life lesson when he broke his gun during a 4-H shooting sports competition.
“If life gives you lemons,” he says, “you get a new .22 rifle.
4-H S.A.F.E.T.Y. is Mississippi 4-H’s biggest program. Competitors in the Safe Archery and Firearms Education and Training for Youth program are immersed in essential firearm-safety training to learn maturity, self-discipline, responsibility, and sportsmanship.