By: Neil Callahan 4-H Extension Agent Welcome To 4-HAn 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? • 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
4-H Motto • The 4-H motto, "To Make the Best Better," should be the aim of every 4-H member and club leader.
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)
4-H Colors The 4-H colors are green and white. • White symbolizes purity. • Green represents life, springtime, and youth.
4-H in Pamlico County • SUMMER FEST • FALL & SPRING FEST • SCHOOL ENRICHMENT (EMBRYOLOGY) • 4-H COMMUNITY CLUBS • 4-H PROJECT CLUBS • 4-H SUMMER CAMP • 4-H PROJECT & CUMULATIVE RECORD BOOKS • 4-H PRESENTATIONS • COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS • PAMLICO 4-H TEEN CLUB • ADULT/YOUTH VOLUNTEERISM
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.
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.
Basic 4-H Club Meeting Information • 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.
Basic 4-H Club Meeting Information • 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.
Characteristics of Successful 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.
Curriculum • 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.
Leadership • 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.).
Adult Leadership • 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).
Organization • 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.).
Membership • The club has at least five active members. • New members are recruited each year.
Why 4-H Clubs Are Valued • 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.
Seven Developmental Needs of Young Adolescents • 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?
Club Meeting Agendas • K-3rd grade (5-8 years old) • 4th-6th grade (9-11 years old) • Teens (12-19 years old)
4-H Club Volunteer LeaderJob 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.
Specific Duties/Responsibilities • 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.
Teach parliamentary procedure, as needed. • 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.
Attend all or make arrangements for all club meetings and activities. • Read the 4-H newsletter and other information from the 4-H office and keep members, parents and other volunteers informed. • Participate in one or more volunteer development opportunities each year.
Benefits of Becoming a 4-HVolunteer 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.