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Making An Impact with Civic Engagement. Presented By Robbie Casteel and Taunee Whittenbarger 4-H Youth Development Cumberland County. 2005-2006 Issue: Civic Engagement. State 4-H Initiative

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Making An Impact with Civic Engagement

Presented By

Robbie Casteel and Taunee Whittenbarger

4-H Youth Development

Cumberland County


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2005-2006 Issue: Civic Engagement

  • State 4-H Initiative

  • Addressed local needs as identified by our 4-H Advisory Council, Extension Committee and County Commissioners

    • Cumberland County was celebrating it’s 150th birthday.

    • It was an election year.

    • No program was available to the 4th – 6th grade classes related to local citizenship.


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2005-2006 Plan

September 2005:

“Vote for Your Voice” lesson

4-H Voter Registration cards

Club members campaigned for office in clubs

October 2005:

Club officer elections

Public Speaking rules (Civic Engagement topics)

Voter registration review sheet

“Letters of Hope” service project


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2005-2006 Plan

  • November 2005:

    • Club Speech contest

    • Poster Contest rules (Civic Engagement topic)

    • Cumberland County History lesson

    • Scavenger Hunt

  • December 2005:

    • No club meetings

    • Club posters were judged at each school


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2005-2006 Plan

  • January 2006:

    • Cumberland County Geography lesson

    • January assignment

  • February 2006:

    • “They’re Official” county official lesson

    • February assignment


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2005-2006 Plan

  • March 2006:

    • Club evaluations

  • April 2006:

    • Local school and county Clover Bowl

  • May 2006:

    • 4-H Recognition Day (482 4-H’ers attended)


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2005-2006 Impact

Responsible Citizenship LSES

  • 200 youth believe that people working together can help others who are less fortunate.

  • 200 think they can made a big difference in their community by helping others.

  • 149 understand how community leaders are elected.


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2005-2006 Impact

  • 205 are proud of the country they live in and what it stands for.

  • 217 honor and respect military veterans and those giving service to this country.

  • 184 think it is important for citizens to vote in elections.

  • 482 club members exceeded KASA level impact by actually completing a service project.


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2005-2006 Impact

Service Project Data:

  • 14 different types of service projects were completed by 4-Hers.

  • 760 hours spent serving others.

  • 924 4-H’ers participated in the Hurricane Katrina “Letters of Hope” State 4-H service project.


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2006-2007 Issue: Civic Engagement

  • Because of the success of 2005-2006

    • 4-H Advisory Council, Extension Committee and County Commissioners agreed that the theme should continue.

      • expressed a concern for the youth's lack of appreciation for our freedoms and voting privileges

      • desire to see more youth engaged in civic involvement 

    • The teachers requested that we continue with the them by focusing on state and national citizenship.

      • supported TN Department of Education Benchmarks

      • helped them prepare for Terra Nova tests


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2006-2007 Plan

  • October 2006:

    • Elected club officers

    • Public Speaking rules

      • topics on Tennessee

      • related to their project

  • November 2006:

    • Judged speeches

    • Discussed “Souper Citizens” service project


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2006-2007 Plans

  • December 2006: (no club meetings)

    • “Souper Citizens” pickup at each school

    • 2559 cans of soup donated to “Bread of Life” ministries

  • January 2007:

    • 4th Grade: “Tennessee: America at It’s Best”

    • 5th and 6th Grade: “U.S. Symbols and Landmarks”

    • Poster Contest rules

      • Citizenship or Leadership theme

      • 4-H: A Tennessee Tradition Theme


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2006-2007 Plan

  • February 2007:

    • “Tennessee Government” lesson

    • Judged posters

  • March 2007:

    • “Women’s History Month” lesson

    • Evaluation of 20% of clubs

    • Collected project folders


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2006-2007 Plan

  • April 2007:

    • School and County Clover Bowl

  • May 2007:

    • “4-H Night at Chuckles” Recognition Event

    • 330 4th through 6th graders met requirements and were invited


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2006-2007 Impact

Responsible Citizenship LSES

  • 193 youth believe that people working together can help others who are less fortunate.

  • 124 youth have learned about important leaders who contributed to our nation.

  • 168 feel a sense of responsibility toward their school and community.

  • 175 have a sense of pride about their school and community.

  • 177 youth are concerned about the well-being of others.

  • 205 think citizens should be active in the community.


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2006-2007 Impact

  • 737 club members donated 2559 cans of soup to Bread of Life ministries through the “Souper Citizens” canned soup drive service project (estimated donation total $1280).

  • 1133 club members delivered an informative speech related to a citizenship topic or their project

  • 671 club members expressed ideas related to citizenship by participating in the poster contest.

  • Approximately 70% of teachers either gave extra credit or a grade for the speech and poster contests.


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