From the 4-H Youth Development Advisor
Last program year, 2016-2017, we set out to assess 4-H members positive youth development (competence, character, connection, caring, confidence, and contribution), teamwork skills (leadership, communication, interpersonal skills, and appreciation for diversity). The results showed that 4-H members report high levels (above 80% overall) on indicators of positive youth development and teamwork.
We set out to assess 4-H volunteers, members, and parent’s perceptions of the 4-H organizational climate and program quality during the 2016-17 program year in the North Bay (Marin, Sonoma, and Napa). 4-H Environment Survey 2017 (Full Report)
4-H STEM is designed to help youth see science as a powerful tool to make sense of and construct knowledge about the world. 4-H Project Leaders can integrating STEM into any 4-H project, including animals, foods and nutrition, fibers and textiles, or communications and leadership.
Fair season is here! And while the UC 4-H program is a distinct entity from the fair, 4-H youth are preparing to showcase a variety of “things made, raised, grown, or improved.” Fairs provide a ready venue to exhibit things made or raised and receive feedback from experts.
Summer is almost here so it’s time to take advantage of our local beautiful natural environment by getting outdoors! The natural environment holds remarkable potential for improving physical, psychological, and spiritual health, as well as strengthening bonds between people.
Promoting positive youth development through technology. Youth spend substantial amounts of time in front of a screen – including computers, cell phones, and game consoles. Can technology help promote youth development?
A mission of 4-H is to prepare young people to have a positive impact on communities related to significant environmental, economic, and social issues. Youth need to understand STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) concepts and practices and know how to use scientific and engineering thinking to address these issues.
A tradition of 4-H Clubs is hosting a winter holiday celebration during their December meeting. 4-H Clubs are expected to be inclusive and sensitive to the cultural and religious practices of its membership. This article contains examples to aid in planning inclusive celebrations.
Animal science projects are a hallmark of the 4-H program and help prepare the next generation of farmers, ranchers, foresters, veterinarians, and agricultural scientists. The raising and showing of animals poses bio-security risks. Youth need to cultivate an appreciation for and develop the skills necessary to help reduce the risk of disease spread to animals and humans. 4-H supports proper management practices for bio-security and we are asking animal science 4-H project leaders to help! New curricula is available.
What is the formula to ensure youth have a high quality learning experience in 4-H? Based on research from Richard Lerner at Tufts University, National 4-H promotes the “Big 3” program elements that need to be present together in every 4-H meeting and activity.
View the digital slides: Seven Things 4-H Project Leaders Need to Do
Thank you for serving as a 4-H project leader! Your time and efforts have helped our youth grow into successful adults. I was asked for advice at a recent meeting on helping new project leaders. I offer a list of seven things I think every project leader should do to ensure a high quality experience for 4-H members.
In my conversations with 4-H leaders, I have been getting the question: “What is your job?” According to the University of California, the role of a Cooperative Extension Advisor is to “make available to the public the latest in knowledge and practices” respective to the specific Advisor, like Viticulture Advisors, Weed Science Advisors, Environmental Horticulture Advisors, and Youth Development Advisors. Advisors are evaluated on research efforts, building programs, professional competence, University and public service, and affirmative action efforts.
Steven provides academic leadership for the 4-H program in Sonoma, Marin, Napa counties. He grows new 4-H programs and develop curriculum; conducts applied research in youth development and informal science education; and acts as the 4-H liaison to National and State 4-H Offices, youth organizations, and the community.