The 4H Tip Sheet
IN THIS ISSUE...
Jan 17 Southwest 4-H Volunteer Forum, Dodge City, KS
Jan 30-Feb 1 Kansas 4-H Dog Judges' Certification Training, Kinsley, KS
Feb 1 2015 Kansas 4-H Ambassador Training Registrations Due
Feb 1 Academic Year Exchange Applications Due
Feb 15-16 Citizenship in Action, Topeka, KS
Feb 20-21 Kansas 4-H Ambassador Training, Rock Springs 4-H Center
Apr 24-26 Shooting Sports Training, Rock Springs
May 26-29 Discovery Days, Manhattan, KS
GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR FOSTER CHILDREN
Kansas 4-H Youth Development, the Kansas 4-H Foundation and Saint Francis Community Services are working together to provide funding opportunities for children and families involved with foster care. The purpose of the Kansas 4-H Resource Family Project and Camp Grant Programs is to provide financial assistance for foster youth and their resource families who want to participate in learning opportunities available through 4-H.
Kansas 4-H is open to all youth ages 7 through 18 wanting to expand their learning opportunities. 4-H focuses on developing confident, capable, caring, responsible citizens. 4-H offers a wide range of project areas that youth may learn from, ranging from agriculture to food and nutrition to aerospace and photography. Although being involved in the local club can provide an opportunity for youth to learn from each other and contribute to others through community service projects, volunteers and family support are also important elements of 4-H as volunteers and parents serve as club and project leaders that guide and mentor youth. Through the Kansas 4-H Foundation, $5,000 in grant funds are available to support foster care families and the children in their care who are current or potential 4-H members.
Grants due May 1!
Family Project Grants
- Children must enroll as 4-H members through their local extension office.
- Eligible 4-H member can only apply for one 4-H project and one 4-H camp grant per year.
- Grant funds are for the purpose of starting or enhancing a 4-H project during the 4-H year such as purchasing a camera, craft supplies, clothing, feed, equipment, etc.
- Eligible 4-H member may request funds for supplies and equipment needed for participating in a pet or livestock project; however, funds are not available for the purchase of pets or livestock.
- Grant funding cannot include meal expenses.
- Items and supplies purchased from grant funding for 4-H project become the property of the eligible 4-H member.
- Liability, maintenance and warranty of the items and supplies purchased become the responsibility of the eligible 4-H member.
- Grant application and instructions available on the Kansas 4-H website.
KANSAS 4-H COMMUNICATION FACT SHEETS HELPFUL FOR 4-H DAY PRESENTATIONS
Speaking skillfully before an audience is one of the hallmarks that Kansas 4-H members have been successfully doing for over 100 years. Kansas youth through 4-H have learned the skills necessary to get up before an audience and eloquently speak. 4-H has helps youth learn the skills necessary to clearly organize and present thoughts and ideas through project talks, demonstrations, illustrated talks and public speaking presentations. The complete Kansas 4-H communication fact sheet series is listed below. These may be helpful to Kansas 4-H families as they begin to prepare for county 4-H day presentations. They can be downloaded free from the Kansas 4-H web site.
Kansas 4-H Communication Fact Sheet Series Available:
4-H Presentation Overview - 4H978, October 2009
4-H Project Talks - 4H979, October 2009
4-H Demonstrations - 4H980, October 2009
4-H Illustrated Talks - 4H982, October 2009
4-H Demonstrated & Illustrated Talks Planning Form - 4H981, October 2009
4-H Public Speaking - 4H983, October 2009
4-H Effective Presentation Tips - 4H984, October 2009
4-H Preparing and Using Visual Aids - 4H985, October 2009
4-H Presentation Brainstorming Activity - 4H986, October 2009
Presentation Score Sheets Available:
4-H Project Talk Score Sheet - 4H975, October 2009
4-H Demonstration & Illustrated Talk Score Sheet - 4H976, October 2009
4-H Public Speaking Score Sheet - 4H977, October 2009
FINAL NOTICE FOR DOG JUDGES' CERTIFICATION AND TRAINING REGISTRATION
The Kansas 4-H Dog Judges’ Certification, Re-certification and Dog Project Training will be held January 30 – February 1, 2015, in Kinsley, Kansas, at the Edwards County Fair Building, 1305 South Niles (U.S. Hwy. 183), Kinsley, KS. The training begins on Friday evening and runs through late Sunday afternoon. By beginning on Friday evening all four phases of the Dog Care and Training Project can be covered in one weekend. It is also a good opportunity for local project leaders and older 4-H members (16 and older) to observe the training and better understand how they will be judged at invitationals and the Kansas State Fair 4-H Dog Show. Details about the training are available online. To register, visit: http://tinyurl.com/20154-HDogJudgesCertification. Registration is due January 15, 2015, along with a completed Kansas 4-H Participation form. For more information, contact Deryl Waldren, 785-462-6281, or e-mail: email@example.com.
2014 DISTRICT HORSE SHOW DATES
District Horse Shows may since a long ways off but now is the time to start promoting and volunteering to assist for the show. Checkout the link for the 2015 District Horse Shows on the Kansas 4-H website
. Please check the right-hand column for the 2015 District Horse Show Schedule
APPLICATION DATE APPROACHING FOR STATES’ 4-H HOSTING
Families wishing to host a teen between 14 and 18 from Costa Rica or Norway June 24 to July 19 should apply now in order to meet the national deadline. Kansas families need to apply by February 15, so there is time for collecting references, background checks and in Home Interviews. To host one of these young people, a family must have a member who is the same gender and within two years of the exchangee they host. Host are also needed for chaperones with no youth in the home requirements. The exchangees stay with one family who will include them in their daily activities. There are no group activities planned. An on line application for States’ 4-H Inbound Exchanges can be found on the Kansas 4-H website.Contact State Exchange Coordinator Mary Kay Munson at 785-238-3631 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
It is also time to apply for Academic Year Hosting of a student from Japan or Korea in the 2015-16 school year. These students are 15-18 and stay with one family from August to June while attending the local public high school. Student biographical information will be available around February 1 and requests are being taken now. Contact Mary Kay Munson for information and application for the Academic Year Exchange.
Other exchanges conducted by Kansas 4-H, including those for young people coming as a group from Japan, are accepting applications now. Rose Scott coordinates the Japan Summer Inbound Exchange for youth 12-16 and chaperones. The Japanese will be in Kansas July 21-August19, with all but a day or two at the beginning and end spent with host families. Contact Rose at 785-565-3197 or email@example.com. We expect young adults from up to eight countries who will need several hosts each between June 22 and State Fair. Two will be young professionals in 4-H and agriculture who wish to enhance their skills in those specialties during their host family experiences. If you know families who would like to share their 4-H and or farm experiences with these young adults, please contact Mary Kay Munson, who conducts programs under the Kansas 4-H youth exchanges from a variety of countries. Families can apply now using forms on the Kansas 4-H website. Specific details on this year’s exchangees will be available in next few weeks.