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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

Making An Impact with Civic Engagement

Presented By

Robbie Casteel and Taunee Whittenbarger

4-H Youth Development

Cumberland County

2005 2006 issue civic engagement
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.
2005 2006 plan

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

2005 2006 plan4
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
2005 2006 plan5
2005-2006 Plan
  • January 2006:
    • Cumberland County Geography lesson
    • January assignment
  • February 2006:
    • “They’re Official” county official lesson
    • February assignment
2005 2006 plan6
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)
2005 2006 impact
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.
2005 2006 impact8
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.
2005 2006 impact9
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.
2006 2007 issue civic engagement
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
2006 2007 plan
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
2006 2007 plans
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
2006 2007 plan13
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
2006 2007 plan14
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
2006 2007 impact
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.
2006 2007 impact16
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.