4-H Afterschool is an educational program offered to K-12 youth outside of school hours, usually in partnership with schools or community organizations that meet the out-of-school time needs of youth and families. 4-H Afterschool utilizes 4-H curriculum and is facilitated by caring volunteers, out-of-school time program staff and/or 4-H staff.
The 2013-2014 4-H year in Brookings County marked the birth year of the Helping Hands 4-H Club of the Brookings Boy and Girls Club. Their inaugural year, facilitated by Brookings County 4-H Youth Program Advisor Sonia Mack, included over twenty members; ten of which exhibited over forty projects at the Brookings County 4-H Achievement Days and nine of them sending exhibits on to the 4-H Division of the South Dakota State Fair.
The buzz words of volunteering often focus around terms such as: service Learning, advocacy, and mentoring. However, if you were to ask many youth today as to why we volunteer, their quick response is usually “to help people in need”. That is a correct response, however; what is the definition of a “need”, how are they determined and why do we do it?
State and County Exchange programs are a series of learning experiences in which individuals from a club, community or county visit in the homes/communities of 4-H members in another geographical area, and are visited by them in return. Counties usually host a group one year and return to visit the homes/communities of their guests the following year.
Learning how to speak is an important skill and very valuable throughout your life. Even as an infant learns to form words they are gaining the skill of speech. Learning how to speak in front of your peers is hard for most people. Overcoming that fear can be can be difficult.
We often ask ourselves: How we can create a strong foundation for youth development? What should the structure look like? How should it operate? How should it be maintained? What is the best stimulation for growth? 4-H offers youth and communities an opportunity to address all of these questions through Youth and Community Learning Partnerships.
Communication. Its definition sounds so simple; an act or instance of transmitting information. However for many it can be a struggle just to get the words out. And once they do, the question becomes: ”Did I do it effectively?” Communication is used to convey information, to ask for help, to influence a listener or audience, and for entertainment.
In part one if this series we discussed the importance of goal setting and making them “S.M.A.R.T. “. S.M.A.R.T. goals lead to successful action plans. Action plans are necessary tools for attainment in both project development and community service. They are built around your S.M.A.R.T. goals.
As the 4-H year draws to an end, it is time to start contemplating plans for the upcoming year. School is in session, fall sports have begun and the sudden question of “Where do we go from here” begins. The answer to the question is simple. It is goal development time. What is it that you want to achieve in the upcoming 4-H year? And most importantly, how are you going to make it happen?
Most people are familiar with community service and know that it is important to help out and volunteer, but the new term/initiative is service learning.