4-H Activites & Accomplishments
250 Youth from the DC Public Schools, primarily participants in the UDC 4-H program, participated in the 4-H Bully Prevention Summit at the UDC Van Ness campus. The event featured partnerships with the non-profit organization ArtLife, local apparel business Sports Zone, entertainment by DC’s own DJ Rico and local rap duo Chi Chi Monet. It also included speakers Natalie Davis of the Office State Superintendent of Education, Suzanne Greenfield and UDC President Ron Mason.
Participants enjoyed workshops related to conflict resolution, teaming up to fight bullies and leadership skill training as well as fashion show sponsored by Sports Zone. In the culminating event the youth released helium balloons with information about their bullies to the sky.
4-Her’s from the Brightwood Media and Photography Club are photographed enjoying a Saturday field trip to Pierce Mill and Barn, located in Washington, DC’s Rock Creek Park where they took pictures for an upcoming photography contest. The club members also visited the UDC television station to learn how programs are produced. They are passionate about everything media and have toured the District of Columbia taking pictures and making videos to document their city to present to 4-Hers around the world. The group of nine have been a 4-H club for three years, learning more and more about media and climate change, are primarily residents of Ward 4. They began this club in 2013 and remain interested in other 4-H projects.
Our Summer Camp Program includes youth from all across the city. The focus of the Day Camp program is STEM education, Agricultural Science, Health, Fitness and Fun! Fifty 4-Hers learn, plan and make new friends through our five week day camp program.
Four members from our UDC 4-H Teen Council man the UDC 4-H booth at the USDA Farmers Market answering questions about the 4-H program, Agricultural Science and initiatives that engage youth. The Teen Council has a youth representative from every ward in the city, our military and a specially-abled child. Participants are ages 13 through 19.
Members of the UDC 4-H Teen Council represented us at the White House making presentations about Agricultural Science to Congressional representatives. Manley Proctor, a 4-Her from the Capitol City Public Charter School, shared detailed information about the UDC Green Roof. Roberto Vivas presented information about the UDC Urban Food Hub Hydroponics system at the Firebird Farm in Beltsville, MD 74and Paola Hernandez shared information about ethnic garden vegetables.
They also met with White House Scientist to discuss engaging more youth in Agricultural Science.
McKinley Tech Clenches LifeSmarts Competition – March 2016
4-Hers Treated to Advanced Screening of National Geographic’s Robots 3D – January 2015
DC 4-H Hosts Bully Prevention Summit – October 2014
DC Students Place in 2014 EnvironMentors National Fair – May 2014
Spring Break Growing 4-H Science STEM Camp – April 2014
OMK Spring Break Trip to New York City with D.C. National Guard – April 2014
High School Students Complete Summer Bridge STEM Program – September 2013
CAUSES Academic Programs
RN to BS in Nursing – Dr. Pier Broadnax, Program Director
Nutrition and Dietetics - Nancy Chapman, Program Director
Urban Architecture and Community Planning - Dr. Susan Kliman, Program Director
PSM in Water Resources Management - Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, Director
Health Education - Dr. Wilmer Johnson, Program Director
CAUSES Land-grant Programs
Center for Urban Agriculture & Gardening Education – Che' Axum, Director
Center for Sustainable Development & Resilience – Dr. Dwane Jones, Director
Water Resources Research Institute – Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, Director
Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health - Dr. Lillie Monroe-Lord, Director
Institute of Gerontology - Claudia John, Director
Center for 4-H and Youth Development – Rebecca Bankhead, Director
Center for Architectural Innovation and Building Science (CAIBS) - Clarence Pearson, Director