What is 4-H? How to become involved in 4-H

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Here is a little about the Allamakee County 4-H program

4-H Community Clubs - Allamakee County has 11 clubs.  These clubs meet year-round, usually once a month and range in size from 5 to 50 members.  Members may choose to enroll in over 100 projects with support materials or in a self-determined area(s) where they have special interest. 

4-H Special Interest Groups - Allamakee County has a few special interest clubs, sewing and chef's club, including one for dog enthusiasts, dairy judging and beef or horse interest.  These groups focus on 1 topic over a period of time. 

4-H Opportunities -  Clover Kids Saturday project days, Junior 4-H'ers Junior Camp at Pine Bluff, Halloween Party.  Intermediate 4-H'ers Intermediate camp at Pine Bluff.  Senior 4-H'ers 4-H County Council, International Exchange.  Senior and Intermediates have the State Conference, Animal Science Round-Up, Citizen Washington Focus, National 4-H Conference, National 4-H Congress, State 4-H Council, Iowa youth Technology Team, State Project Awards.  All 4-H'ers have the opportunity of the Allamakee County Fair where they can be judged on non-livestock projects (cooking, clothing, photography, welding, science & technology etc) and livestock (dog, sheep, swine, goats, dairy, beef, horses, chickens, rabbits etc)

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How to become involved in 4-H:

Youth

Becoming involved in 4-H is much easier than you may think. These are the basic requirements to be a 4-H member:

o    School grade
Anyone in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade can become a 4-H member.  (Students in Grades K-3 are called Clover Kids and they are involved in many of the same things as 4-H'ers in grades 4-12.)

o    Do you want to learn new things?
Activities that you participate in will challenge your skills, and you will learn from other kids and adults that truly care about you and what you learn. Not much to it...simply have an interest in learning new things.

o  Who do you contact?

         Kris Fahey at the Allamakee County Extension Office.  Just give her a call or drop on by.

o  Want to start now?

        Learn the meaning of "4-H"

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4-H Youth Development Program Outcomes

The end product of a quality 4-H Youth Development Program is young people who can demonstrate leadership, citizenship, communications, and personal life management skills in the course of learning a knowledge base.  Following are descriptions of these outcomes and suggested indicators to identify that the outcomes are being achieved.  This outcomes guide sheet should be used when planning a 4-H Youth Development activity or event.

The Five Outcomes are

  • Leadership
  • Citizenship
  • Communications
  • Personal Life Management
  • Knowledge

smLeadership

Leadership is the ability to influence and support others in a positive manner for a common goal.

Indicators of the Outcome
4-H'ers will be able to think for themselves, communicate their thoughts and feelings to others, and help others understand and act on their own beliefs, and influence others in an ethical and socially responsible way.

Youth will have the ability to

  • understand self
  • develop empathy
  • work cooperatively
  • communicate effectively
  • work as a team
  • plan and organize
  • understand group process
  • help a group make decisions
  • set goals
  • handle conflict
  • honor differences
  • solve problems

smCitizenship

Citizenship is the opportunity, right, and responsibility to contribute to shaping the world around you and providing service to others.

Indicators of the Outcome
4-H'ers will be able to successfully contribute to shaping the world around them.

Youth will have the ability to

  • interact socially
  • provide a community service/service learning
  • be a responsible citizen
  • practice character
  • work cooperatively with others

smCommunication

Communication is the exchange of thoughts, information, or messages between individuals, as well as the sending and receiving of information using speech, writing, and gestures.

Indicators of the Outcome
4-H'ers will be able to successfully send and receive messages using written, oral, and/or visual means.

Youth will have the ability to

  • communicate with others
  • present complex ideas/information
  • explain concepts
  • analyze group/individual responses
  • recognize audience and purpose
  • develop a speech
  • present a demonstration
  • use verbal communication skills effectively
  • use non-verbal communications skills effectively
  • use "on your feet reasoning" to defend choices

smPersonal Life Management Skills

Personal life management includes the skills individuals need to navigate in a changing world and the skills they need to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Indicators of the Outcome
1. Ability to navigate in a changing world: skills include critical thinking, decision making/problem solving, relationships, responsibility.
2. Daily management skills related to financial management, record keeping, time management, and management of a healthy lifestyle, clothing, and shelter.

smKnowledge

Youth will have quality learning experiences focused on mastering new skills and information related to self selected areas of interest.

Indicators of the Outcome
4-H'ers will focus on marketable and social skills for future careers as well as skills for life-long hobbies and interests.

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4-H Opportunities - Clover Kids Saturday project days, Junior 4-H'ers Junior Camp at Pine Bluff, Halloween Party.  Intermediate 4-H'ers Intermediate Lock -In, camp at Pine Bluff.  Senior 4-H'ers 4-H County Council, International Exchange.  Senior and Intermediates have the State Conference, Animal Science Round-Up, Citizen Washington Focus, National 4-H Conference, National 4-H Congress, State 4-H Council, Iowa youth Technology Team, State Project Awards.  All 4-H'ers have the opportunity of the Allamakee County Fair where they can be judged on non-livestock projects (cooking, clothing, photography, welding, science & technology etc) and livestock (dog, sheep, swine, goats, dairy, beef, horses, chickens, rabbits etc)

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