4-H & Youth Development Advisory Board Minutes Back »

October 2012 Meeting


From your perspective, what are the challenges facing youth in the next 2-5 years?

  • Bullying – cyber bullying, Facebook, technology
  • Role Models/Mentoring – ‘true examples,’ youth are ‘hungry’ for older partnerships, adult partnerships
  • Activities vs. Time – competition between venues
    • Life skill development – time management, prioritization, exploring true interests, skill evaluation and creating career interest
  • Over-parenting or over-protection
  • Focus decision – underprivileged?
  • Logistical – getting kids to activities
  • Youth adult partnerships that not ALL kids get a chance to interact – on behalf of communities and to get connected within community
  • More tolerance is needed for diversity and understanding

How can SDSU Extension address these challenges?

  • Trainings to include parent/youth partnerships
  • Training adults to facilitate, not run (guide)
  • Leaders’ Association?
  • “Learn by doing”
  • Youth actually do it!
  • Embrace local youth programs
  • School partnerships – (Boys and Girls Club, etc.)
  • Teach them leadership, etc. to better the “child”
  • Teach parenting through 4-H involvement as a group
  • Venues to develop young people into adults

From your perspective, what are the opportunities facing youth in the next 2-5 years?

  • Technology – variety and quick access
  • Physical movement opportunities to ‘go and see’
  • Intellectual knowledge base doubling every 18 months
  • World view with community – connectivity wherever you are
    • International is mainstream
  • Everything’s a partnership – opportunities are out there

How can SDSU Extension support those opportunities?

  • Expand the inclusion of technology in programs
  • Get COOL adult leaders involved in a cool youth program
  • One central place for resources in 4-H – “clearing house”
    • (i.e. business signup for volunteers on iGrow, regional center sign-up)
  • iGrow HAS to be ‘cutting edge’ / better than competitive resources
    • QUICK access and clicks
  • SpIn Clubs – focused and career prep
  • 4-H opportunity to promote/integrate standards into 4-H projects/learning
  • Promotion of fact
  • “To Make the Best Better” – promote MORE, inform MORE, etc.
  • Promote internal success stories
  • Blend In school with OST time and vice versa
  • New ‘Teens As Teachers’ as role models in a new 4-H capacity
  • Scholarships – tangible attainments through successful experience
  • Promotion and recognition

What does success for South Dakota’s future look like?

  • Get a successful education and career in South Dakota
  • Brain arrival, stayers versus former thinking of brain drain
  • Strong education and equipped youth for facing challenges and making decisions
  • South Dakota HAS a strong and skilled workforce to attract more businesses/orgs
  • Greater tolerance for diversity and difference for SD’s future success
  • Engaged workforce without a feeling of implied ‘entitlement’
  • Foster a culture of ‘pay your dues’ ( do this subtlety) ‘entry level’ moving up is okay
  • Responsible future – various ways, different paths

How can SDSU Extension partner with others to help insure realization of this future?

  • Book read possibility – “Generation iY” by Tim Elmore – blog and resources
  • Everyone – message on all 4-H promotes message of work ethic
  • Partnership with other state educational institutions for broader impact
  • SDSU partners with all institutions

What role should SDSU Extension play in significant societal issues that impact youth?

  • Resource driven to promote awareness and answer driven results
  • Securing professionals to tackle issues
  • Strategic partnerships/clearing house of information/identification of ‘experts’
  • Better understanding ‘in house’ of youth development w/in the SDSU institution
  • Broader understanding of ‘ages and stages’ in SDSU Extension culture
  • Youthaudienceis4-HYouthDevelopmentpriorityinSDSUExtension
  • Health & obesity – don’t just teach...model, train, follow up, constant focus
  • Push experiential learning for critical & complex thinking/problem solving
  • Inclusion strategies

What societal issues are of critical importance?

  • Health & obesity
  • Parent education
  • Critical & complex thinking/problem solving
  • Workforce prep/career readiness
  • Feeding 9 billion people by 2050
  • Educated consumers – “know where your food comes from”
  • Racial Issues into tolerance – creating opportunities for partnerships/ pushing the envelope


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