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By: Neil Callahan 4-H Extension Agent Welcome To 4-H An Introduction To The N.C. 4-H Program Purpose of the Training To introduce adults to the 4-H Program and what it has to offer. To train adults how to become 4-H Club Leaders and provide leadership to 4-H Club members. What is 4-H?

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Neil Callahan

4-H Extension Agent

Welcome To 4-HAn Introduction To The N.C. 4-H Program

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Purpose of the Training

  • To introduce adults to the 4-H Program and what it has to offer.

  • To train adults how to become 4-H Club Leaders and provide leadership to 4-H Club members.

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What is 4-H?

  • 4-H is a program for boys and girls ages 5-19 years old that promotes learning by doing.

  • 4-H is America's largest out-of-school educational program for young people.

  • 4-H is good for kids, parents, and adults.

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What is 4-H?

  • Kids gain opportunities to make new friends, learn new things, and visit new places.

  • Parents gain opportunities to grow with theirchildren by being active in their 4-H career and build a family team.

  • Adults gain the opportunity to help mold the future leaders of tomorrow and share their talents and skills.

    As you can see, there is a lot to offer in 4-H.

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4-H is…

  • 4-H is a program of interesting projects and group activities that give young people achance to Learn by Doing.

    The letters stand for:

  • Head

  • Heart

  • Hands

  • Health.

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  • HEAD stands for all the things you can learn from 4-H. We have projects on such different subjects as Career Development, Forestry, Adventure in Clothing, and Dog Care.

  • HEART refers to your relationship to your family, community, and nation. Some projects in this area include: My Heritage, My Community, Leadership, and Personal Development.

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  • HANDS help you to get involved in "real world" opportunities. We have projects on Photography, Public Speaking, Bicycle Safety, and Plant and Soil Science.

  • HEALTHis the most important thing you have, and 4-H can help you stay healthy and enjoy it. We have projects on Fire Safety, Food and Nutrition, Microwave Cookery, and Equipment Care and Safety.

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4-H Motto

  • The 4-H motto, "To Make the Best Better," should be the aim of every 4-H member and club leader.

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4-H Pledge

The 4-H pledge is used in every meeting. This is the pledge

and what you do when you say the pledge:

  • I pledge my head to clearer thinking, (raise your right hand to the side of your head)

  • My heart to greater loyalty,(put your right hand over the left side of your chest)

  • My hands to larger service,(stretch out your hands, palms upward)

  • And my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world. (stand with your hands at your sides)

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4-H Colors

The 4-H colors are green and white.

  • White symbolizes purity.

  • Green represents life, springtime, and youth.

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4-H in Pamlico County












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4-H Club Framework

  • 4-H Clubs should be organized and managed in three major age components: K to 3rd grade (5- to 8-year-olds), 4th to 6th grade (9- to 12-year-olds), and teens (13- to 19-year-olds).

  • 4-H clubs are volunteer lead by parents, other adults, and/or youth

  • To provide quality experiences for 4-H'ers through out the year, the clubs are expected to develop an annual plan of work/club calendar that outlines the age appropriate educational and social activities that will occur during the year.

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  • Each club will have a youth leadership structure that is age appropriate.

  • 4-H clubs are ongoing units that meet over at least a nine-month period.

  • Clubs meetings should be held at least once a month.

  • Clubs can be organized in any safe location during non-school hours.

  • All clubs are open to all youth regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability.

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Basic 4-H Club Meeting Information appropriate.

  • A 4-H Club is a group of young people and adults who meet on a regular basis for fun and learning.

  • The 4-H agent provides support to the club through training opportunities and educational resources.

  • The 4-H Club is only as strong as the commitment of its volunteer leadership. Clubs with weak leadership generally are not successful and fail.

  • The 4-H agent is not the club leader. The 4-H Club is lead by the volunteer leadership.

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Basic 4-H Club Meeting Information appropriate.

  • The meeting usually lasts about an hour & a half to two hours.

  • The meeting is made up of three parts: The business session, the program, and social time/refreshments.

  • The program should be fun and educational in nature. Things such as basketball are okay for after the meeting, but not as the main program.

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Characteristics of Successful appropriate.4-H Clubs

Program Planning

  • 4-H'ers are involved in club program planning.

  • Parents are actively involved in program planning and discovering the interests of 4-H'ers.

  • The club's program is complete with dates set for meetings, names of people responsible, and other pertinent information.

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  • Curriculum appropriate.

  • Club meetings are composed of a variety of learning activities (guest speakers, youth presentations/demonstrations, group planning, recreation).

  • 4-H'ers may work together in small project groups which provide additional learning experiences for club members in addition to the regular meetings.

  • The total family is involved in one or more club activities.

  • Incorporated into the club plan are "doing" experiences for members to work on together during the year (community service projects, field trips, project work, etc.).

  • Club members participate in county 4-H events, activities, and programs.

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  • Leadership appropriate.

  • 4-H'ers deliver a percentage of club programs (teach/conduct activities, give presentations/demonstrations, etc.).

  • Each youth has some leadership responsibility during a meeting or between meetings (lead pledges, help younger 4-H'ers, phone members to remind them of meetings, etc.).

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  • Adult Leadership appropriate.

  • Leaders use incentives and recognition to get 4-H'ers more involved.

  • Leaders have a clear understanding of their role in the club.

  • Leaders perform their roles in an advisor/counselor mode.

  • 4-H'ers and adult volunteers are equally responsible fordiscipline and rule setting.

  • The club has an ideal leader-to-member ratio (based on age of youth involved).

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  • Organization appropriate.

  • 4-H club officers function as a team and are properly trained to perform their role.

  • Basic parliamentary procedure is correctly used in conducting meetings.

  • Committees are established and function properly to complete club tasks (program planning, parties, community service projects, etc.).

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  • Membership appropriate.

  • The club has at least five active members.

  • New members are recruited each year.

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Why 4-H Clubs Are Valued appropriate.

  • Based on research of successful community-based programs, and on an extensive review of literature, the Center for Early Adolescence concluded that there are seven key developmental needs that characterize early adolescence.

  • 4-H Clubs are valued because they have a major role in meeting the needs of early adolescents.

    Let's look at each of these needs in the context of a 4-H Club.

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Seven Developmental Needs of Young Adolescents appropriate.

  • Positive social interaction with adults and peers.

  • Structure and clear limits.

  • Physical activity.

  • Creative expression.

  • Competence and achievement.

  • Meaningful participation in families, schools, and communities.

  • Opportunities for self-definition.

    How does 4-Hassist inmeeting these?

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Club Meeting Agendas appropriate.

  • K-3rd grade (5-8 years old)

  • 4th-6th grade (9-11 years old)

  • Teens (12-19 years old)

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4-H Club Volunteer Leader appropriate.Job Description

Main purpose:

To organize, lead and maintain a 4-H club for the

purpose of helping youth:

  • Develop positive self-concepts and social skills.

  • Learn knowledge and skills that can improve their everyday lives.

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Specific Duties/Responsibilities appropriate.

  • Plan with club members a club calendar of events which includes monthly meetings and special activities.

  • Work with club officers to plan and conduct monthly business meeting.

  • Follow through on planned learn-by-doing experiences for the educational program of each meeting.

  • Involve parents in performing assigned, meaningful responsibilities with regard to club operations.

  • Assist 4-H'ers in identifying interests and setting personal learning goals.

  • Involve 4-H'ers in meaningful leadership roles.

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  • Teach parliamentary procedure, as needed. appropriate.

  • Structure opportunities for 4-H'ers to practice speaking before a group.

  • Teach subject matter by involving 4-H'ers in learn-by-doing activities.

  • Work with the 4-H staff in order to better the overall 4-H Program.

  • Advise 4-H club members regarding their contributions to and participation in club activities.

  • Be dedicated to young people and sensitive to their needs.

  • Follow all guidelines and policies of N.C. Cooperative Extension (NCSU), N.C. 4-H program and the Pamlico County 4-H program.

  • Recruit new members.

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Benefits of Becoming a 4-H activities.Volunteer Leader

  • Lifelong friendships with youth, parents and other volunteers.

  • Developed communication and leadership skills.

  • Developed organizational and time management skills.

  • Skills useful to expand career growth and potential.

  • Gained respect from community.

  • Educational training opportunities.

  • The opportunity to work with youth and provide positive support & growth experiences.

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