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Expanding 4-H Opportunities. 4-H 101: Return to the Basics CES Staff Development Series Tuesday, December 13, 2005, 9:30-11:30 a.m. IP Video Presentation by Steve McKinley & Company mckinles@purdue.edu; 765-494-8435. 4-H 101 Series. Effectively Utilizing Volunteers (10/4)

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Expanding 4-H Opportunities

4-H 101: Return to the Basics

CES Staff Development Series

Tuesday, December 13, 2005, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

IP Video Presentation

by Steve McKinley & Company

mckinles@purdue.edu; 765-494-8435

4-H 101 Series

  • Effectively Utilizing Volunteers (10/4)

  • Starting and Maintaining 4-H Clubs (11/15)

  • Expanding 4-H Opportunities (12/13)

  • Characteristics of Positive Youth Development & Life Skill Development (1/10)

  • 4-H Purpose, History, and Structure (2/14)

  • Conflict Management Techniques (3/14)

Program Information…

  • Disconnected? Contact the AgIT Help Desk at 765-494-8333

  • Provide feedback to: Steve at 765-494-8435, or mckinles@purdue.edu

Expanding 4-H Opportunities


  • Share opportunities beyond the 4-H Club experience.

  • Discuss core beliefs of recognition.

  • Describe the National 4-H Recognition Model.

  • Identify steps to prepare judges for the judging process.

Objective 1

Share opportunities beyond the 4-H Club experience.

4-H Scholarships

  • Indiana 4-H Foundation (open academics)

  • 4-H Accomplishment (project related)

  • State 4-H Club (Purdue AG & CFS only)

  • Information on State 4-H Web site:


  • Suggestions on preparing members to submit applications, contact: Joanne Lytton, Carroll County, lytton@purdue.edu

    • Refer also to “4-H Achievement Resume Project” located on w:\ drive in Carroll Co. folder

Operation: Military Kids (OMK)

  • State 4-H Office Contacts:

    • Chris Cook-Leitz (cookleit@purdue.edu, 765-494-8433)

    • Steve McKinley (mckinles@purdue.edu, 765-494-8435)

    • James Edwin (jedwin1@purdue.edu, 765-496-6881)

  • OMK e-mail address: omk@ydae.purdue.edu

Operation: Military Kids (OMK)

  • OMK Goal:

    • Provide support to “suddenly military” children and their families through a network of community resources before, during, and after deployment.

  • Delivered in local communities through a national collaboration of U.S. Army Child and Youth Services, 4-H, and other community agencies serving youth.


  • Responds to needs of geographically dispersed Army National Guard, Army Reserve and Active Component military youth whose parents have been deployed in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT).

  • Infrastructure provided by the 34 OMK State Teams which establish local community support networks to provide services to reduce the stress on youth.


  • Primary Components

    • Speak Out for Military Kids (SOMK)

    • Hero Packs

    • Mobile Technology Lab (MTL)


  • How Can Your County Help?

    • Establish a County OMK Team

    • Mini Grants

    • Hero Packs – or a variation

    • Schedule the MTL at an event

    • Invite Military Youth to join 4-H Clubs

    • Adopt a Military Family or Soldier

    • Plan an event for Military Families

    • Write letters to local Soldiers


  • Upcoming Opportunities

    • Indiana Pacers Military Night – January 18

    • February 16, 2006 IP Video for County OMK Teams (program #617 & 618)

    • Speak Out for Military Kids – March 25-26, Indianapolis (registration due March 1)

4-H Round-Up

  • State 4-H Office Contacts: Chris Cook-Leitz (cookleit@purdue.edu; 765-494-8437) and Carl Broady (broady@purdue.edu; 765-494-8435)

  • 4-H Round-Up – Monday, June 26-Wednesday, June 28, Purdue University, grades 7-9 completed; 2006 theme: “TBA”

4-H Trips and Conferences

  • State 4-H Band – Saturday, June 24-Monday, June 26, Purdue University; perform at Monday evening of 4-H Round-Up; grades 9-12 completed

  • State 4-H Chorus – Saturday, June 24-Wednesday, June 28, Purdue University; perform at closing session of 4-H Round-Up and on the first Saturday of Indiana State Fair; grades 9-12 completed






Food & Nutrition





Dairy Cattle

Dog & Cat

Goat (dairy & meat)






Veterinary Science – large animals

4-H Trips and Conferences

  • Purdue Science Workshops – Wednesday, June 14 – Friday, June 16, Purdue University, grades 9-12 completed; subjects offered:

4-H Trips and Conferences

  • Electric Workshop – Friday, June 23-Sunday, June 25, Purdue University; completed division 3 or above

  • Citizenship Washington Focus – June 24-July 1 and/or July 1-8, Washington, D.C.; must be at least 15

  • National 4-H Dairy Conference – Sunday, October 1 – Thursday, October 5, Madison, WI; grades 10+

4-H Trips and Conferences

  • State Fair 4-H Exhibit Hall Workers – end of July through completion of Indiana State Fair; workers are at least 15 years old

  • National 4-H Congress – Friday, November 24-Tuesday, November 28, Atlanta, Georgia; grades 9+

  • National 4-H Conference – March 25-30, Washington, D.C., application due Jan 15, members in grades 10+ eligible to apply; 2-3 selected annually

4-H Trips and Conferences

  • State Fair Achievement Trip – Wednesday, October 18 – Sunday, October 22, Washington, D.C.; trips awarded to winners in public speaking, demonstrations, fashion revue, tractor driving, illustrated talks, judging CDE’s, bicycle rodeo, etc.

150th Indiana State Fair

  • August 9-20, 2006

  • Celebrating 150th Fair

  • Special exhibits in Cake Decorating, Crafts and Promotional Posters

  • Flyers and details will be forthcoming

Opportunities beyond the 4-H Club Experience… continued!

Career Development Events

  • Meats, Dairy Foods – January 28, 2006

  • Wildlife Habitat – April 8, 2006

  • Horse & Pony – May 6, 2006

  • Livestock, Poultry, Dairy – May 20, 2006

  • Dairy Goats – August 2, 2006

Career Development Events

  • Horticulture – August 4, 2006

  • Livestock Skill-a-Thon – September 30, 2006

  • Soils –November 4, 2006

  • Forestry, Entomology, Crops – December 9, 2006

  • Link to 4-H/FFA Judging Handbook:

    • http://www.four-h.purdue.edu/cde/index.cfm#


Rape and Sexual Assault Prevention Education

Funded by the Indiana Department of Health,

Centers for Disease Control, Rape Prevention Education Grant.

Principal Investigator: Mary Pilat, Ph.D.

CARe Program Components

CARe Community Projects



















4-H Trips and Conferences

  • State 4-H Office Contact: Steve McKinley (mckinles@purdue.edu, 765-494-8435)

  • State 4-H Junior Leader Conference – 75th Anniversary, Tuesday, June 20 – Friday, June 23, University of Indianapolis, grades 9-12 completed

    • PPT for 2006 is located on w:\ drive in Jr. Leader Conference file folder along with a promotional brochure

    • State Promotion Team available to talk about experiences with local audiences

4-H Trips and Conferences

  • State Fair Youth Leadership Conference – Sunday, August 6 – Saturday, August 12, Indiana School for the Deaf, grades 9-12 completed

    • PPT for 2005 and promotional brochure for 2006 are located on w:\ drive in State Fair Leadership Conference file folder

    • State Promotion Team available to talk about experiences with local audiences

    • Web site: http://www.four-h.purdue.edu/isfyl/

4-H Trips and Conferences

  • Indiana 4-H Youth Congress – Saturday, October 14, Indiana Government Center; Grades 9-12; registration due October 1; $22 per person

Afternoons R.O.C.K.

  • State 4-H Office Contact: Renee McKee, rmckee@purdue.edu, 765-494-8422

Afternoons R.O.C.K.

  • Dept. of Mental Health funded contract

  • After school programs that focus on Tobacco, Alcohol and other drug prevention

  • Subcontract with existing after school providers to conduct programs for middle school aged youth

Afternoons R.O.C.K.

  • Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Morgan, Shelby

  • Boone, Hamilton, Howard, Madison, Tipton

  • Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, Jennings, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Owen

4-H Afterschool

  • CD provided to each county

  • Work with existing afterschool providers to establish 4-H clubs

    • Convenient for parents

    • Clubs may focus on one or two projects

      • May be judged and displayed at event other than the county fair

    • ES-237 requires minimum of 6 contact hours

4-H 101

  • CD provided to each county in January, 2005 CCC mailing

  • Shares the basics of the 4-H program via lesson plans and supplemental materials for volunteers, parents, members, Extension partners, etc.

Area IX Jr. Leader Retreat

To Infinity & Beyond –

“Jr. Leaders Beyond the Meeting”

Area IX Jr. Leader Retreat

  • “Buzz”

    • Rose Scherer, Benton Co. (rwise@purdue.edu, 765-884-0140)

  • “Slinky”

    • Keli Brubaker, White Co. (kbrubak1@purdue.edu, 219-984-5115)

  • “Woody”

    • Matt Deppe, Fountain Co. (mdeppe@purdue.edu 765-793-2297)

  • “Mrs. Potato Head”

    • Sherry Legg-Young, Montgomery Co. (leggyoun@purdue.edu, 765-364-6363)


  • Who: Area IX Jr. Leaders

  • What & Why: A workshop to teach Jr. Leaders about additional activities for their organization.

  • Where: A central Location – Benton Central

  • When: March 12, 2005

  • How: “Theme” the workshop to make it FUN and encourage Jr. Leaders to attend.



Workshop Missions

  • “Fueling Your Rockets”

  • “Saving the Galaxy – One Star at a Time”

  • “Working with Other Alien Life Forms”

Livestock Ethics Workshop

  • Contacts:

    • Joan Grott, Porter Co. (joangrott@purdue.edu, 219-465-3555);

    • Keli Brubaker, White Co. (kbrubak1@purdue.edu, 219-984-5115)

Livestock Ethics Workshop

  • Program Outline:

    • The Six Pillars of Character (Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship)

    • What are ethics and how do they relate to youth livestock programs?

    • A Line in the Sand – educational video

      • Provides 4 questions to use when making decisions in youth livestock programs

    • Case Scenarios

      • Group work with adults and youth

Horse & Pony

  • Contact: Dr. Colleen Brady, bradyc@purdue.edu; web site: http://www.four-h.purdue.edu/horse

  • State Horse Bowl/Hippology/Public Speaking/Demonstration Contests

    • Registration due March 10

    • Horse Bowl/Hippology must compete in Area event

    • Hippology – March 24, 6 p.m., Purdue

    • Horse Bowl – March 25, 9 a.m., Purdue

    • Public Speaking/Demonstration – March 25, afternoon, Purdue

Horse & Pony

  • State Horse Judging Contest, May 6, Hendricks County Fairgrounds

    • Must qualify through Area contest

  • Indiana 4-H Horsemanship Camp, June

    • Scholarship applications due May 1

    • Camp applications due May 23

Horse & Pony

  • State Horse Judging Camp

    • February 11-12, 2006, West Lafayette, IN

  • Multi-State Judges/Show Managers School

    • November 17-19, 2006; Indianapolis, IN

FFA Volunteer Development

FFA Volunteer Development

  • State Contacts: Allen Talbert, btalbert@purdue.edu; Steve McKinley, mckinles@purdue.edu

  • Training materials designed to help Agricultural Education programs more fully utilize volunteers and multiply the teachers’ efforts.

  • Audiences include pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, and volunteers.

FFA Volunteer Development

  • One of three parts of National FFA “Rev It Up!” curriculum

  • Presented at 2004 National FFA Convention; 2004 & 2005 National FFA Alumni Association meetings, and at 2005 Indiana High School Ag Teacher Workshop

  • CD includes 10 modules with lesson plans, PPT presentations, and supplemental materials for each audience

Summary of Modules

1. Why Use Volunteers?

National Volunteerism Trends; benefits and limitations; expectations

2. Positive Youth Development

Basic needs of youth; environments conducive to PYD; ages and stages of youth

3. Recruitment and Retention of Volunteers

Position descriptions; sources of volunteers; placement of volunteers

Summary of Modules

4.Volunteer Orientation, Training, Evaluation

Information and delivery methods to share with volunteers; provide feedback to volunteers

5. Volunteer Recognition

Importance of recognition; motivation of volunteers; methods to recognize

6. Risk Management Issues

Liability, child abuse, safety of participants and volunteers, risk management forms

Summary of Modules

7. Volunteer Screening Process

Suggested application and screening procedures; adult behavioral expectations; confidentiality issues

8. Financial Management

Recommended financial accountability procedures; budgeting; fund raising options

9. Agricultural Education Program Development

Program planning components and importance

10. Volunteer Management Database

Record and organize volunteer information

Other Program Sharing

Life After Incarceration & Book Club

  • Contact: Laurie Sula, Elkhart Co., sula@purdue.edu, 574-533-0554

  • Juvenile Detention Center – Life After Incarceration materials, money management, Adequate Calcium Today

  • Literacy Council funding for Book Club

Objective 2

Discuss core beliefs of recognition.

Recognizing 4-H Member Accomplishments

  • Important part of 4-H experience for youth and adults.

  • Can take on many forms.

  • Based on a number of beliefs…

Core Recognition Beliefs

  • Recognition is a basic human need.

  • Recognition should be designed to build self-esteem.

  • Balance intrinsic and extrinsic recognition.

  • All members need recognition of their efforts.

  • Recognition is more meaningful if given soon after it is earned.

Core Recognition Beliefs

  • Appropriate recognition depends on…

    • Stage of development

    • Past experiences

    • Family lifestyle

    • Community and cultural heritage

    • Provide opportunities for self-assessment and reflection

    • Members should be able to exercise individual choices in learning and participation and be recognized accordingly.

Objective 3

Describe the National 4-H Recognition Model.

National 4-H Recognition Model

  • Acknowledges positive learning behaviors in young people.

  • Based on youth’s involvement, participation, and/or efforts.

  • Identifies recognition for individuals and groups.

  • Designed to meet needs, interests, and aspirations of youth from different backgrounds.

5 approaches to recognition…

1. Participation in educational experiences

  • Simple, well-publicized requirements

  • Appropriate for 4-H’ers’ abilities

  • Need not be expensive, but valued by member

5 approaches to recognition…

2. Progress toward self-set goals

  • Realistic and reachable

  • Developed by member with adult guidance

  • Evaluation measured against goals

    3. Achieving standards of excellence

  • Clearly defined standards established by experts

  • Measures quality against rating categories

5 approaches to recognition…

4. Excelling in peer competition

  • Needs rules and procedures

  • High risk, but may be strong motivator

  • Not for children under 9

    5. Excellence in cooperation

  • Mutually agreed upon group goals; encourages working together

  • Recognizes all members of a group

Tips for Award Selection

  • Select awards appropriate for the age of your members and valued by them.

    • e.g., ribbons or buttons for 9- to 11 year-olds; cash, t-shirts for older members

  • Select awards related to the learning experience

    • e.g., water crocks, grooming tools, tack equipment at animal workshops

Tips for Award Selection

  • Correctly use the 4-H name and emblem.

  • Avoid using the same award repeatedly for the same program or different programs.

  • Media recognition (press releases, photographs, etc.) enhances awards.

Objective 4

Identify steps to prepare judges for the judging process.

Project Judging

  • Provides feedback

  • Reinforces efforts

  • Encourages learning

  • Most effective in one-on-one setting – Open/Conference/Interview Judging

Conference Judging

  • Judge and exhibitor discuss the project together (NOT with the parent’s help!)

  • Focus on the learning experiences of the member

  • Judge must be able to interact well with youth and be familiar with project

  • Judge should consider age of member, skill level, special circumstances, and opportunities for future growth

Judges’ Preparation

  • Insure adequate preparation of the judges

  • Share standards and requirements of projects

  • Review judging guidelines specific to project and/or county

  • Define who the judge is to ask clarifying questions of during the judging

Judges’ Preparation

  • Emphasize the importance of following printed guidelines

  • Avoid emphasizing personal preferences

  • Encourage judge to be tactful, courteous, and to maintain a positive attitude and sense of humor

  • Share the importance of consistent judging among projects

Judges’ Preparation

  • Ask the judge to give the exhibitor the benefit of the doubt

  • Encourage the judge to provide many written and verbal constructive comments (both positive and ways to improve)

  • Ask the judge to share suggested improvements in the judging procedures with the person in charge

Questions for Conference Judging

  • What new things did you learn?

  • Have you taken this project before?

  • What were your goals for this project?

  • What do you like best about your exhibit?

  • What would you like to change about your exhibit?

  • What steps did you take to complete your project?

Questions for Conference Judging

  • What were some of the difficulties you had?

  • Were you able to get help with your project? How?

  • Approximately how many hours did you spend on your project?

  • How much did it cost to complete your project?

  • What would you like to do in this project in the future?


  • Darlene Baker, Arkansas State 4-H Program Leader, “The National 4-H Recognition Model Volunteer Leaders’ Series,” http://www.uaex.edu/Other_Areas/publications/HTML/4-H_Volunteer_Leaders_Series/4HCL1.asp

  • Oregon State 4-H Website, “About 4-H Recognition,” http://oregon.4h.oregonstate.edu/programs/recognition/About%20Recognition.htm

  • USDA/Army Youth Development Project. 2003. “4-H 101, The Basics of Starting 4-H Clubs.” http://www.national4-hheadquarters.gov/library/4h_docs.htm


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Next 4-H 101 Program:

“Characteristics of Positive Youth Development & Life Skill Development”

Tuesday, January 10, 2006,

9:30-11:30 a.m.

10-minute Break before next program begins

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