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 gorounded 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
Last year, the Kansas 4-H Youth Development program involved more than 7,740 youth and adult volunteers in providing fun, hands-on learning opportunities to more than 65,200 youth in Kansas.
When you volunteer your time to help children explore, learn and grow, you are investing in them and in the future of your community. And you’ll probably find that you learn just as much from 4-H as they do!
Decide what you have the time and interest to help youth explore and chart positive futures.
Consider volunteering to lead a 4-H group in your community, your local school, or any other location where there are youth who need positive, committed adult role models in their lives.
Share your skills, knowledge and talents while having fun with kids and you’re sure to make a difference in their lives.
4-H offers a variety of programs, training, activities and events specifically designed to support volunteers. 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. 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
4-H Healthy Living Program
A partnership between Kansas 4-H Youth Development and UnitedHealthcare (UHC) Community Plan now supports 4-H Healthy Living programs, reaching more youth and increasing our resources locally for healthy living programs. UnitedHealthcare is one of the managed care organizations that provides KanCare Medicaid services to Kansas residents. The UHC members are receiving information about 4-H encouraging them to contact their local Extension office or visit the Join Kansas 4-H website. All local Extension units can benefit from this partnership. This is an excellent opportunity to recruit new youth into the 4-H program and increase 4-H Healthy Living program resources. You can network with other agencies and healthcare organizations that may be serving KanCare members to help promote the 4-H and UHC partnership and encourage 4-H participation. To learn more go to Innovative Opportunities.