Category Archives: Youth Development

4-H Grows #3: Councils

4-H Grows #3:  Councils Florida 4-H Standards and Expectations says that each county should have a County 4-H Council and participate in District Council.  Beyond the fact that it is expected, it’s important as a youth development tool, and for … Continue reading

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#4HGrows #2: Quality Club Programs

The 4-H club is the foundation of the 4-H experience.  For many, their first exposure to 4-H is through a club meeting.  If that 4-H club meeting is not of high quality, that first exposure may likely be their last … Continue reading

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Quality Club Meetings

For many youth, the club meeting is their first exposure to 4-H.  Therefore, it’s critical that these meetings be of quality.  First impressions count! The next several blog posts will focus on what constitutes effective 4-H club meetings.  In the … Continue reading

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Elections That End Well

Ahhhh…officer elections.  I’ve seen some good ones.  I’ve seen some bad ones.  And I’ve seen some that I’m saving for my personal memoir.  What I really like to see however, are correct ones. To save headache and heartache, be sure … Continue reading

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Hold Up Officer! Have You Been Trained?

4-H club officers are a critical determinant for the success of a 4-H club.  They can add to, or take away, from what can be an incredible experience for 4-H club members.  They can bring in new members, or scare them away.  … Continue reading

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Learning to Learn… How?

“Learning to Learn,” is one of the life skills identified on 4-H’s Targeting Life Skills Wheel.  It makes sense to include it as an identified skill we want youth to develop.  How else does a person “get by” in this … Continue reading

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Reflection Activities You Can Use Right NOW

Kolb’s Experiential Learning Model, used by 4-H, allows learners to construct their knowledge by reflecting on activities and then determining how to apply them in their lives.  With this being said, reflection isn’t just important, it’s critical.  An activity without … Continue reading

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Essential Elements Newsletter Inserts

While they aren’t quite finished yet, Wyoming 4-H has begun developing newsletter inserts to help educate volunteers on instilling and identifying the 4-H Essential Elements.  Check them out at: Wyoming 4-H Essential Elements Newsletter Inserts And remember- BELONGING is always … Continue reading

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A Little Video about Trajectory

“Florida 4-H puts youth on a trajectory to thrive…” Heard this one? While I wouldn’t use this phrase to tell my next door neighbor what I do (I have highly intelligent neighbors, I just prefer a simpler, more easy to … Continue reading

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Register for 4-H Positive Youth Development E-Acaedmy

Registration is now open for the 2016 4-H Positive Youth Development e-academy, sponsored by National 4-H Headquarters and National 4-H Council, and NAE4-HA.  These webinar based trainings will focus on intentional learning experiences in youth development settings.   Through participation in … Continue reading

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