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South Dakota 4-H Launches Teens for Jeans Service Project

January 27, 2020

BROOKINGS, S.D. - South Dakota 4-H has launched Teens for Jeans, the 2019-20 statewide community service project. As part of the project, county 4-H offices and 4-H clubs will collect new or gently used jeans of any size. Jeans collected will be donated locally to assist any individual or organization with a need for jeans.

“Teens for Jeans will affect the state of South Dakota tremendously, as jeans will be provided to those in need.”

— Hayden Niles, State 4-H Science Ambassador and member of the statewide 4-H Community Service Project Committee

Community members are encouraged to drop-off their new or gently used unwanted jeans at their local county 4-H office or VFW Auxiliary. A complete listing of county 4-H offices can be found online.

Local organizations willing to accept the donated jeans are encouraged to contact a county 4-H office to discuss logistics for receiving the collected items.

Teens for Jeans was selected by the attendees of the 2019 4-H Teen Leadership Conference held each year in Brookings, S.D. The State 4-H Ambassadors will provide oversight and coordination of the service-learning project. The project will run until August 1, 2020.

“It is important for 4-H members and other youth to learn and engage in community service projects because it allows them to give back to the community that has done so much to support them. Not only does community service give youth satisfaction, but it also improves mental and physical health. Giving back to the community helps people in need and it makes participants feel better so it’s a win-win scenario,” said Niles.

For more information about the Teens for Jeans project, contact your county 4-H office or Hilary Risner, SDSU Extension Regional 4-H Youth Program Advisor, at 605.394.1722 or by email