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Iowa 4-H Clover Kids to Form Action Team


AMES, Iowa--- Looking to get involved? Looking to make an impact? Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development has a great way for caring adults and youth to make an impact through the Clover Kids program.


The Iowa 4-H Program is looking for caring adults and youth to serve on the new 4-H Clover Kids Action Team. The new action team will be charged with providing input and feedback to ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development staff on the future direction of the 4-H Clover Kids K-3 Program.


“We are forming an action team to help grow the program and continue to provide quality experiences for the kindergarten through third grade youth,” said Brenda Spurgeon, an ISU Extension 4-H youth development program specialist. “We want parents, volunteers, staff and youth from across the state to have input and ideas about how we can best support youth, and staff and volunteers that work with Clover Kids.”


A Smoother Transition from Clover Kids to 4-H

The Iowa 4-H Clover Kids program has more than 5,400 members statewide. The action team is one part of Iowa 4-H’s focus on growing and improving the 4-H program. The Clover Kids Action Team will work on smoothing the transition from Clover Kids into the 4-H club program. 


“Children in kindergarten through third grade love being part of a group and learning new things,” said Brenda Welch, another ISU Extension 4-H youth development program specialist. “Children learn best through active hands-on activities and games, which is the basis of the Clover Kids program.” 


Ideal action team candidates would have an understanding of the ages and stages of early elementary children. Creative thinkers and those who are able to communicate with a variety of audiences are also encouraged to apply. Qualified adult and youth candidates also need to have an interest in promoting the Iowa 4-H Clover Kids Program and be committed to providing positive youth development experiences with children across Iowa.


Using Fun Activities to Teach Life Skills
“Clover Kids programs teach life skills such as how to interact with others, and decision-making skills,” said Spurgeon. “All of this is done through games and hands-on activities and experiences.”


The Clover Kids program is a cooperative program that uses fun activities to meet the four needs of children -- belonging, generosity, independence and mastery. Clover Kids programs teach life skills through games and hands-on activities and experiences with a main goal of having fun.


Apply for the Action Team by Sept. 1
The Clover Kids Action Team will consist of 10 members. They will meet face-to-face once each year with additional teleconferences as needed; no more than three teleconferences per year. The first face-to-face meeting is set for October 2010.


Interested candidates need to complete an Iowa 4-H Clover Kids Action Team Application, available at ISU Extension county offices or on the Iowa 4-H Clover Kids website, www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/Clover/.  TheState 4-H Office must receive completed applications by Sept. 1, 2010.


About the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program
4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, serving more than 6 million young people across America with programs in leadership, citizenship, communication and life skills. One in five Iowa school-age youth participates in 4-H. In Iowa, 4-H Youth Development is headquartered at the Iowa State University campus in Ames. 4-H is supported by federal, state and county funding, private grants and donations and fees. For more information about joining 4-H or Clover Kids, contact your Iowa State University Extension county office at www.extension.iastate.edu/content/county-offices/ or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/4H.



Contacts :

Brenda Spurgeon, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development, 641-664-2730, bspurg@iastate.edu


Brenda Welch, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development, 712-546-7835, bwelch@iastate.edu

Kassi Williams, Extension Communications and External Relations, 515-294-9915, kassi8@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, 515-294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu