Focus on 4-H Youth Development

Karol Osborne  |  8/17/2012 8:05:13 PM

Focus on 4-H Development

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Focus on Project-based Learning
Research indicates that students engaged in project-based learning not only gain a deeper understanding of content knowledge but also build vital workplace skills and lifelong habits of learning. Project-based learning allows students to learn cooperatively and develop twenty-first century skills while addressing community issues, exploring careers, using technology, and presenting their work to audiences beyond the classroom. Additionally, PBL has been shown to motivate students to higher academic engagement. (Barron and Darling-Hammond, 2008)

Focus on “Learning by Doing”
Our goal
is to provide a comprehensive experiential learning experience for youth members and their families that is integrated with school policies and coordinated with school procedures to fully engage students in hands-on learning linked to life skill development.

Program delivery promotes differentiated instruction through self-paced activities that encourages students to think and learn across the curriculum and offer both intrinsic and extrinsic motivational methods. Program objectives are linked to the National Core Competency Standards and include embedded assessments including portfolio and journal records, surveys and archival evidence.

Focus on The 4-H Essential Elements
Our objectives are centered in the four key concepts established as the Essential Elements of Youth Development: Belonging, Independence, Mastery and Generosity. In Madison Parish, we are developing learning experiences engaging multiple intelligences to enhance these concepts in meaningful ways to empower youth to “Learn By Doing.”

To build a sense of belonging , youth are urged to “Look what you could be doing!” by utilizing a mobile technology lab to explore websites, tutorials and learning games.
 
To encourage independence, youth participate in hands-on experimentation in the activity arcade stations and discover “Wow! I can do that!”

To motivate mastery, youth realize “Wow, I did that!” when they are supported to share their accomplishment in the 4-H Exhibit Fair, in project-based contests and through portfolio/record keeping and journaling.

To inspire generosity, youth become invested in their community and gain a greater sense of well-being by taking part in service-learning when they aspire to “Be the change!”

Focus on Learning Styles
Madison Parish 4-H programming incorporates numerous learning experiences and environments in both school-based and after school activities. The 4-H Club Day permits freedom of movement from computer-assisted learning to hands-on learning stations. Youth work cooperatively sharing their skills to successfully achieve their goals. After school programming, such as workshops, contests, trips and camps, foster multiple intelligences and make learning fun and exciting. 4-H members further gain self-confidence through incentives such as certificates, ribbons, medals, prizes, and scholarships. In addition, members earn Clover bucks redeemable for gifts and fees for special events.

Focus on Youth Competencies
The 4-H Pledge
provides the base for a framework to help youth meet their basic needs and develop competencies for future success. This framework supports skill development for positive growth and healthy living.

The 4-H Pledge
“I pledge my HEAD to clearer thinking, my HEART to greater loyalty, my HANDS to greater service, and my HEALTH to better living, for my Club, my Community, my Country and my World.”

HEAD HEART HANDS HEALTH
Thinking                         
Learning to learn

Decision- Making

Problem solving

Critical thinking

Service leaning
Relating

Communications

Cooperation

Social Skills

Conflict resolution

Accepting differences
Giving

Volunteering

Leadership

Responsibility Contribution to group
Living

Healthy choices

Stress management 

Disease prevention

Personal Safety
Managing

Goal Setting

Planning & organizing
 
Wise use of resources

Keeping records

Resiliency
Caring

Concern for others

Empathy

Sharing

Nurturing relationships
Working

Marketable & useful skills

Teamwork

Self-motivation
Being

Self esteem

Self responsibility

character

Managing feelings

Self-discipline

Focus on 4-H Facts
4-H curriculum offers more than 40 different projects.

The three primary content areas, referred to as the 4-H Mission Mandates, include: Citizenship, Healthy Living, Science, Engineering & Technology (SET)

4-H utilizes the hands-on learning approach through an experiential process. This “learn by doing” includes:
Experience (Do)
Share & Process (Reflect)
Generalize & Apply

4-H supports inquiry-based learning by encouraging youth to explore, evaluate and interpret results. 

Focus on Madison 4-H 2013-14
Elementary grades 4-6 will pilot the new STAND STRONG bullying prevention series. Part of the LSU AgCenter's Character Education initiative, it features six lessons to engage youth in identifying and addressing peer cruelty in their school.

The lessons are:
*  Building Bullying Awareness
*  Roles in Bullying Situations
*  Types of Bullying
*  Individual Responses to Bullying
*  Accepting and Respecting Differences
*  Building a Support System

Middle and High School grades 7-12
are encouraged to develop improved decision-making skills for healthy eating as part of the Wal-Mart Fit4theFuture grant. Teens will participate in surveys and interactive lessons to identify eating habits and learn ways to make healthier food choices.  

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