The South Dakota 4-H Youth Council in South Dakota has a long and rich history. This program is a great leadership opportunity for youth ages 15 – 18. By applying to become a member of the State 4-H Youth Council team, you will participate in an interview during Teen Leadership Conference.
What do you get when you put a video camera + character together? A leadership opportunity to video the change you want to see in the world. Plus, the opportunity to win a Free TLC Registration. No matter where you look in today’s world or even in your local community, I’m sure there are situations you would like to be different or improved. Often times for these situations, you may hear or even say yourself: I wish they would do this or they would do that to improve the situation.
Many people have become “a person of character” by guiding their thoughts and actions from the sage advice of tried and true maxims. To learn more about maxims, youth may participate in the SD 4-H Quotes to Live By Essay Contest which youth will select a maxim and write how this essay impacts their life or our world.
4-H members from eastern South Dakota are invited to participate in the annual SD 4-H Character Public Speaking Contest on Wednesday, August 5 at the Sioux Empire Fair. The Contest provides 4-H members the opportunity to use their critical thinking, writing and speaking skills to tell an audience how CHARACTER COUNTS!™ fits into a 4-H project area, current event or a personal experience.
Using maxims is a wonderful way to stretch youth minds to develop critical thinking. By definition a maxim is a general truth, fundamental principle or rule of conduct. As youth reflect upon the meanings of maxims they will also be clarifying their values. As Educators, Youth Organizers and Volunteers we must challenge youth to apply these maxims to their own lives – with friends and family at home, at school, and at work.
The South Dakota state 4-H Youth Council is welcoming in the new 4-H year with new members, officers, and a new state outreach project! This year we will be concentrating our efforts to help the Ronald McDonald House Charities!
SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development was proud to partner with SD Coordinated School Health and SD 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program to bring the Teens as Teachers - Take A Stand training to South Dakota Schools and Communities. Five school teams consisting of 21 Teens as Teachers (TAT) were trained from Andes Central, Belle Fourche, Burke, Clark and Winner. Reaching 290 elementary and middle school youth with Take A Stand lessons. In July, the Teens As Teachers program was selected as this year's winner of the SDACTE (South Dakota Association for Career and Technical Education) Award of Merit.
Please take a moment to read the latest issue of the SD 4-H Youth Council E-Gram. They put together a monthly e-gram for 4-Hers and parents to stay up-to-date on current projects they are working on.
Over time, things become outdated, dysfunctional and broken and this was the case with the 4-H display units used during Sanborn County’s Achievement Days. Members of Sanborn County 4-H met on December 23, 2013, for a community service project to build new 4-H static exhibit display units.
The early October storm has had a dramatic impact on Western South Dakota. Livestock producers are faced with years worth of work to rebuild what has been lost. National Guard troops and utility companies have worked tirelessly to restore power. Local middle school students will finish the rest of the year in temporary buildings due to a collapsed roof.