Center for 4-H and Youth Development


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Mission:

The Center for 4-H and Youth Development of the College seeks to engage youth in experimental opportunities with caring adults that allow them to: acquire knowledge; develop life skills; and form attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, stewards of positive change in their communities and the world.

Vision:

The Center for 4-H and Youth Development of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences seeks to help young people reach their fullest potential and become community and world leaders, while following their goals to their definition of successful lives.

Core Values:

The Center for 4-H and Youth Development of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences of the University of the District of Columbia believes that:

  • Youth development is the focus of everything we do and it is our responsibility to ensure that we prepare ourselves to give youth the most current, research base information available.
  • Youth-adult partnerships are essential to successful youth development.
  • Volunteerism is fundamental to the success of our programs and the achievements of our youth.
  • Strength is obtained from diversity across the entire range of 4-H experiences.
  • Youth have the power to create solutions to complex issues in their communities and the world.

Goals:

  • Engage youth in experiential activities that spark interest and leadership in science, technology, and innovation.
  • Teach a variety of life skills through directed programming that helps young people develop competencies, decision making skills, problem solving skills, and leadership skills.
  • Provide youth with the tools they need to become effective communicators as they express themselves in a manner that will result in positive outcomes.
  • Provide youth with a sense of belonging in an organization where they thrive educationally, develop friendships, and learn problem solving techniques.

 

Program Overview

4-H is a national youth program within the land-grant system across the country that originated in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program provides youth with opportunities to work with trained adults in a variety of experiential activities that lead to the exploration of careers and mastery of topics that interest them. At the university, 4-H is a fundamental component of  CAUSES.

Club membership is open to all youth ages 8-18 without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, public assistance, veteran or military status  or sexual orientation. Some states offer age appropriate programs designed specifically for children in kindergarten through third grade. These programs require more adult supervision and cooperative learning. 4-H clubs must include a minimum of five youth and one volunteer adult.

 


Activities & Accomplishments


4-H 101

Created by Purdue University and Kansas State University military extension specialists, this short webinar will explain the basics of starting a 4-H club. It will also help viewers understand how to register and proceed through the online lessons.


CAUSES is committed to building strong, vibrant communities of active and engaged citizens. The Center for 4-H and Youth Development develops innovative programs that consist of  “hands-on” interaction. The center offers the following programs to support and engage District youth.

4-H 101

Created by Purdue University and Kansas State University military extension specialists, this short webinar will explain the basics of starting a 4-H club. It will also help viewers understand how to register and proceed through the online lessons.

CAUSES is committed to building strong, vibrant communities of active and engaged citizens. The Center for 4-H and Youth Development develops innovative programs that consist of  “hands-on” interaction. The center offers the following programs to support and engage District youth.

4-H Clubs engage young people ages five through nineteen. The primary goal is to educate youth in arts and sciences, health and fitness, science, technology, math, and a host of other subject areas while encouraging social engagement and service opportunities. 4-H continues to develop new projects for its members to study beyond agriculture and animal husbandry, including photography, conservation, public speaking, athletics, the arts, and other pursuits.

4-H Living Interactive Family Education (4-H LIFE) is a youth development program that addresses the needs of children with incarcerated parents. The goal of the 4-H LIFE program is to provide a strong, healthy, and nurturing family environment while helping the incarcerated parents become positive role models. The program consists of three components: parenting skills classes, monthly planning meetings, and family club meetings.

Common Measures: 4-H National Headquarters and National 4-H Council led a process to develop a 4-H logic model as well as common outcomes and measures for 4-H programming. Additionally, two meetings and pilot-testing led to a finalized version of the national 4-H logic model and a set of common outcomes and indicators for science, healthy living, citizenship, and overarching youth development work. Click here for more information.

4-H International Network was launched to connect 4-H participants from around the world. Youth from the U.S. meet with 4-H Club members from other countries via Skype to compare environmental challenges in their communities and share potential solutions.

Liberia | Argentina | USA

4-H STEM consists of specialized programs designed to introduce and encourage participation in science,technology, engineering, and math among youth in the District of Columbia. The program is supported by the Alteria Foundation through the National 4-H Council, and works collaboratively with UDC’s STEM Center.

4-H Summer Camp is a hands-on learning project designed for enrichment during the summer months. Located on UDC’s, the camp includes opportunities for youth to explore new learning projects, develop new friendships, practice healthy eating and exercise, and have plenty of fun

LifeSmarts Consumer Education for Teenagers creates savvy consumers and develops marketplace skills among teens in a fun and engaging format.  Complementing high school curricula, Lifesmarts is run as a game-show style competition for 9th through 12th grade students.

4-H Military Partnerships serves children of deployed parents by hosting special events and training sessions to mobilize a support network consisting of youth, parents, and educators. “Ready, Set, Go” training is offered to educate communities about the needs of military families in the deployment cycle. The program also distributes “Hero Packs,” Operation Military Kids-branded backpacks filled with a variety of items from partner agencies and local businesses. These Hero Packs are provided to military youth as a way of communicating thanks for the sacrifices that they make while their parents are deployed. Click here for more information.

The Health Rocks Program is a healthy living program that strives to reduce tobacco, alcohol, and drug use among youth in the District of Columbia and to develop life skills that lead to healthy lifestyle choices. It is our goal to engage youth and adults to develop and implement community strategies that help youth understand the influences and consequences of tobacco, alcohol, and drug use. The program is interactive and  adaptable to multiple teaching situations, while utilizing interactive hands on learning that meets national health education standards.



Volunteer Leader Training 
The 4-H Volunteer Leaders Training prepares adults to assist youth in managing 4-H clubs and activities. Volunteers have been an integral part of the success of 4-H since the 1920s, serving as club and project leaders, camp counselors, and even as trainers and mentors. 4-H adult volunteers have the unique opportunity to make a significant and positive contribution to youth development by sharing learned skills, making a difference in their lives, and leaving a legacy. To apply to the program, Download and email the completed application to Rebecca Bankhead.


Important Forms

4-H Registration Form (pdf)


News

DC Students Win Big at 2014 National EnvironMentors Fair

National 4-H CEO Appears on CAUSES TV

4-H Science Summit

 

 

 

 

Washington,DC from 4-H International TV Club on Vimeo.

 

Important Forms

5 Steps to Start a Club
Basics (Teaching and Training) for New Leaders
4-H Factsheet – Bullying is a Big Deal
4-H Factsheet – I still Need Time for Me (Parent Resource)
4-H Factsheet – Involving Parents in 4-H
4-H Factsheet – Parental Involvement in School
4-H Factsheet – School Stress
4-H Factsheet Value of Clubs
4-H Factshhet – Turn Off the TV
4-H Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success – Skills to pay the Bills
Naming Your 4-H Club


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