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    Be The Change: Free 4-H Teen Leadership Conference Registration Opportunity

    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.

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    SD 4-H Character Public Speaking Contest Seeks Participants

    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.

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    Understanding Maxims Helps Clarify Personal Values

    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.

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    Developing Programs With Purpose

    Developing strong 4-H programs can be a difficult task. Many times people consider funding before program purpose. We are living in a world where financial support can be a struggle and diminishing budgets lead us to chase the dollar. However, as we look to the future in program development and grant writing let’s not forget our purpose and in the case of 4-H Youth Development that purpose is our youth.

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    4-H Youth Retainment

    The previous article in this series discussed youth recruitment. There are many ways that we recruit youth to our program. However, the question we must ask ourselves is “Once we get them…how do we keep them?” Youth retention can sometimes be both a struggle and a challenge. Understanding the reasons youth leave an organization can be crucial in developing methods to keep them!

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    4-H Youth Recruitment

    As school wraps up and summer activities begin to take hold I thought it was an important time to discuss “4-H Youth Recruitment”. The 4-H Military Partnerships website does a great job of addressing this through their 4-H 201 toolkit. This website is full of great information and resources for everyone from volunteers and advisors, to club members; once again proving that partnerships can provide outstanding guidance for positive youth development through a learning community structure.

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    4-H T.E.A.M. (Teens as Teachers Program) Wraps Up

    The 4-H Teens as Teachers program has worked under the auspices and partnership of the 4-H Youth Development Department and SD 4-H Foundation since 2007. This program has grown and expanded through partnerships to reach teens from across South Dakota; emphasizing the importance of teens educating through advocacy and mentorship.

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    Volunteerism: Teaching Youth about Why We Do It

    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?

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    Youth Exchanges: Go International!

    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.

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    Community Learning Models: Creating Partnerships for Youth Success

    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.

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    Apply for the National 4-H Conference Trip

    Members of the South Dakota 4-H Program, have the opportunity to apply for National 4-H Conference scheduled for April 9-14, 2016, in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Youth must be 16 – 18 years old by the date of the event to apply. Applicants should submit their applications to their local 4-H Youth Program Advisor.

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    SD 4-H Teens as Teachers: Award-winning program shares “Take A Stand”

    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.

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    Project Youth Extension Service

    We are happy to announce that Project Youth Extension Service (YES!) is now accepting internship applications for 2014-2015. Project Y.E.S! is a Department of Defense funded national internship program engaging college students in service to meet the needs of military families. Specifically, Project Y.E.S! expands the resources of the Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP) and other youth & teen oriented programs.

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    Deadline Extended To Apply For National 4-H Congress

    The deadline to apply has been extended to August 15th. Members of the South Dakota 4-H Program, have the opportunity to apply for National 4-H Congress scheduled for November 29 – December 3, 2013, in Atlanta Georgia. Youth must be 16 – 18 years old by the date of the event to apply. Applications need to be submitted to the applicant’s 4-H Youth Program Advisor.

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    Becoming An Effective Leader

    “The Law of the Lid.” If you have ever had a chance to read John C. Maxwell’s book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, you will understand the “Law of the Lid”. If not, I suggest you do so. Many of us proclaim to be “leaders”; however true leadership lies in our ability to “raise the lid”. In other words, we determine the effectiveness of our leadership ability and in turn gain insight towards future success.

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    Developing Programs With Purpose

    Developing strong 4-H programs can be a difficult task. Many times people consider funding before program purpose. We are living in a world where financial support can be a struggle and diminishing budgets lead us to chase the dollar. However, as we look to the future in program development and grant writing let’s not forget our purpose and in the case of 4-H Youth Development that purpose is our youth.

    Read More »

    4-H Youth Retainment

    The previous article in this series discussed youth recruitment. There are many ways that we recruit youth to our program. However, the question we must ask ourselves is “Once we get them…how do we keep them?” Youth retention can sometimes be both a struggle and a challenge. Understanding the reasons youth leave an organization can be crucial in developing methods to keep them!

    Read More »

    4-H Youth Recruitment

    As school wraps up and summer activities begin to take hold I thought it was an important time to discuss “4-H Youth Recruitment”. The 4-H Military Partnerships website does a great job of addressing this through their 4-H 201 toolkit. This website is full of great information and resources for everyone from volunteers and advisors, to club members; once again proving that partnerships can provide outstanding guidance for positive youth development through a learning community structure.

    Read More »

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