Kansas State Fair Kansas 4-H Supplemental Information
It was recently brought to our attention that the Kansas State Fair Exhibitor Handbook that had been distributed electronically to the Local Extension Units did not include any of the 4-H Divisions for the Kansas State Fair. We have created a Kansas State Fair Kansas 4-H Supplemental Handbook that is currently available on the Kansas4-H.org website. You can access this Supplement by clicking HERE. If you have any questions regarding the 4-H Division at the Kansas State Fair, please do not hesitate to contact the State 4-H Office at 785-532-5800 and we will make sure to get your questions answered!
New 4-H SPIN Club Resources Available
The purpose of 4-H SPIN Clubs is to expand opportunities for youth and adults to experience and benefit from the Kansas 4-H youth development program. Through 4-H SPIN Clubs, youth not typically part of 4-H will participate in sustained 4-H youth development activities led by adult volunteers. In 4-H SPIN Clubs, youth will learn about a subject of interest to them, have positive interactions with their peers, and develop life skills.
Newly developed resources are available to help with all aspects of SPIN club programming from recruiting volunteers to surveying the interests of youth. Resources can be found at: http://www.kansas4-h.org/p.aspx?tabid=601
Southwest Kansas 4-H Pilot Project
Hispanic youth and their families are actively participating in 4-H in Southwest Kansas. They are discovering the value of 4-H as an organization that empowers young people to learn new skills, build their confidence and grow into capable, responsible adults. The purpose of the pilot project is to engage Hispanic youth and their families, primarily in Southwest Kansas, in a safe and active learning experiences that are grounded in positive youth development. The goal is to establish new clubs in which the youth fully participate in 4-H and engage in relevant and age appropriate programming in science, health and leadership development. In addition, support and guidance will be provided to parents in helping their children set and achieve their goals and aspirations for the future. Watch the video here.
Volunteering with Kansas 4-H
One principle of positive youth development is the benefit of a positive, sustained relationship of the young person with a caring adult. Through this relationship, youth gain the confidence, connections, and caring they need to achieve their potential. In Kansas 4-H, we depend on thousands of adult volunteers to help fulfill the role of a caring adult. Nearly 1,000 new individuals apply to become 4-H volunteers each year. In order to serve as a volunteer, all potential volunteers who have direct, on-going contact with youth must be screened through the Kansas 4-H volunteer screening process.
As the largest youth development organization in Kansas and across the nation, 4-H must lead by conducting the most effective strategies and practices in volunteer screening and selection. All youth deserve a safe and caring environment, and all parents and guardians should expect that when their children are entrusted to the 4-H program, each child will be in a safe setting with caring adults. Given this expectation, Kansas 4-H upgraded their 4-H Volunteer Screening process August 1, 2014. The new process involves an application, reference check, interview, background check and an orientation.
4-H Volunteer screening must be completed by:
• any individual who works in close, ongoing interaction with youth, or
• any adult or youth with authority to independently plan and conduct 4-H educational
experiences for youth with other adults present or in a public setting.
Volunteers who do not fit into one of the above criteria would be considered episodic and do not need to complete the screening.
4-H offers a variety of programs, training, activities and events specifically designed to support volunteers. For more information, please contact your local K-State Research and Extension office.
Farming as Rocket Science
As we reflect upon the role of county fairs and showcasing 4-H at the Kansas State Fair, it is uplifting to know that 4-H is being recognized as a producer of young people that are contributing to agriculture and feeding the world. This article from The Economist is in recognition of all the work that Extension educators, community partners, parents, and of course, the youth are doing to continue to make 4-H relevant and important. The Economist