4-H Afterschool Awards Made
AMES, Iowa--Ten county offices of Iowa State University (ISU) Extension have been awarded $4,000 each to implement and support quality after-school and out-of-school educational programming in their counties.
Funding for the awards, part of Iowa 4-H Afterschool, is made available from the Iowa 4-H Foundation through its President’s Campaign and from the Iowa Pioneer Corporation. The award period is from Sept. 1, 2006, through Aug. 31, 2007.
Black Hawk County
ISU Extension will partner with Longfellow Elementary in Waterloo to recruit and train staff and volunteers and provide curricula for two weekly after-school 4-H clubs for grades K-2 and 3-5.
Staff and volunteer training, increasing the use of 4-H curricula, and establishing a 4-H after-school club will enhance the existing Atlantic YMCA and Kids Come First Daycare programs for grades K-5.
Three to five rural communities will be the sites of at least two new K-8 after-school programs for the Greene County 4-H after-school program.
The 4-H "Afterschool Adventures" program at VanAllen Elementary in Mt. Pleasant served 75 youth last year. Training for volunteers and staff, along with implementing 4-H curricula, will enhance the program.
Albia youth ages 8 to 12 will participate in three nine-week “Living and Learning” after-school sessions focusing on citizenship, communication and leadership.
ISU Extension will work with Centro Latino in Council Bluffs to train staff and volunteers and provide 4-H curricula for the after-school care that is provided for children whose parents are attending English language classes.
Feedback from parents and support from several local partners guided ISU Extension staff to become trainers and curricula suppliers for a Grinnell Middle School after-school science club.
Extension is helping Scott Family YMCA and Davenport Parks and Recreation to rebuild out-of-school time after the loss of the district’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers.
ISU Extension will deliver training for staff, volunteers and local 4-H’ers and provide curricula for an existing Sioux Center after-school program called Kidzone.
Surveys and meetings with youth and parents identified the need to start this Colo after-school youth program for grades K-4.
For more information, see the 4-H Afterschool in Iowa Web site(www.extension.iastate.edu/4H/Afterschool/AfterSchool.htm).
Janet Anderson, 4-H Youth Development, (515) 294-1018, firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Ouverson, Extension Communications and Marketing, (515) 294-9640, email@example.com