BBBS and 4-H of Johnson County Activity Packs

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County and 4-H of Johnson County partner to create “Camp in a Bag” activity packs for home bound youth

April 24, 2020, Iowa City, Iowa – Recognizing the need to keep youth engaged, connected and learning during the Coronavirus pandemic, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County has partnered with Johnson County 4-H, Pick a Better Snack, and Johnson County Master Gardeners to create and deliver Camp-in-a-Bag activity packs for over 20 young people (“Littles”) in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

These packs will contain approximately 6 hours of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) related activities.  Children will have to tools and instructions to build gliders, balloon flyers, conduct scientific experiments, plant and grow a variety of seeds, and much more.  They will learn how to make healthy choices and a few fun games to get up and get moving!

Dina Bishara, BBBS of Johnson County Program Specialist, says, “We are hoping that not only will our Littles benefit from this opportunity to engage in fun and enriching activities, but that these kits will also send a message that they are not alone and we are going to keep supporting them and their families, even if at a distance.”

“The partnerships that were strengthened in making these kits is heartwarming.   We have been able to grow staff communication and strategies to “Make the Best Better” in Johnson County by starting with 20 kits to serve Littles.   I am hopeful that we can expand beyond these initial kits to reach more youth.   My hope is that the youth of Johnson County know that we are here for them in this unprecedented time to offer fun hands-on learning activities,” say Kate Yoder, County Youth Coordinator.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County and 4-H of Johnson County would also like to thank Johnson County Extension and Outreach’s Pick a Better Snack, the Johnson County Master Gardeners and Forever Green Garden Center for their donations to this project.

Any group or organization that is interested in contributing to the continuation of this effort is encouraged to email Dina Bishara:

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

The mission of Iowa 4-H is to empower youth to reach their full potential through youth-adult partnerships and research-based experiences.


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