Tuesday, April 28, 2009
The recently crowned Miss America from Seymour, Ind., would spend hours in 4-H performing in creative dramatics, competing at the county fair, and visiting 4-H friends with her family. She recognizes this as where she learned the values of leadership, mentorship and community service.
With community service as her national platform, Stam could potentially transform the way millions of young people think about giving back to their communities and 4-H. “4-H is such an advocate for community service,” says Stam.” It encourages you to reach out to people in so many different ways.”
Stam uses her 4-H background towards getting the message out about the great things that come from community service and how important and rewarding it is. Her 4-H pride is shown as she aims to get youth involved in their own neighborhoods. The Indiana farm girl was crowned Miss America 2009 in January and is now on the national spotlight.
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Thursday, April 23, 2009
Here is a sample of a starting point schedule for State 4–H Camps:
7:15: Rise & Shine & Get ready for the day
7:45: Flag Raising & Cabin Clean-up
8:15: Day Campers Arrive
8:45: Morning Huddle
Morning Program Time
2:00: Shower/camp store/rest time/ mail & emails distributed
Afternoon Program Time
5:00: Day Campers Depart
6:45: Flag lowering
7:00: Weekly themed all-camp programs (Opening campfire, night hike, pool party, skit night, large group games, closing campfire)
9:00: Get ready for bed
10:00: Cabin Chats with Counselors
10:30: Lights Out
***There is no typical day at camp due to weather and other unforseen circumstances. A day at camp also may vary for what type of programed camp a camper is attending, and also their age.
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Friday, April 17, 2009
Greetings Friends of 4-H,
We’re writing today to share concerns facing 4-H in Iowa. Budget cuts are happening everywhere, but one significant cut will affect the 4-H program. The Iowa House passed the Regent’s budget yesterday with a cut of $361 million to education. ISU is slated to receive $184.9 million which represents a 10.7% cut. This is significant because ISU’s cut is larger than that of the other regents’ universities. The budget bill “Senate File 470” is currently at the Senate and will then go to conference committee.
We know preliminary plans are to cut approximately $4.5 million from Extension and $500,000 from the 4-H program. You can make a difference.
We all know the value of Extension and 4-H to Iowa. Help us by sharing your passion for these programs and explaining specifically how they benefit you, your family, and your community.
These are difficult times for many. However, the proposed cut for ISU and the resulting plan to balance the reduced budget by cutting Extension and 4-H programs is unnecessary and an unfair burden – threatening the future of Iowa’s youth. Please help us by:
1. Contact your legislators ASAP by phone or e-mail (it only takes a few moments) (http://www.legis.state.ia.us/aspx/Legislators/LegislatorInfo.aspx) Encourage them to restore the cuts in Senate File 470 to 4-H and ask them to insert language in the budget bill that prevents Extension and 4-H from absorbing such a great share of the cut. PLEASE NOTE: 4-H is funded through the Board of Regents (those we’ve talked to have stated that they thought 4-H was funded by education and that “education was fine.” This is not the case.) $500,000 would be an investment in our future and this will be paid back many times by the wonderful things our 4-H youth and alumni are doing. Specifically, if you know people in these counties: Palo Alto, West Pottawattamie, Polk, Johnson, Dubuque or Fayette ask them to personally contact their legislators in the House and Senate Leadership about these cuts.
2. Write a letter to the editor. As 4-H youth, parents and alumni you have powerful stories to share. We have prepared two sample letters here that you may use and include your own personalized message. Tell of the impact 4-H has had on you and your community.
4-H Editorial http://www.iowa4hfoundation.org/news/Call%20to%20Action/4-H%20Editorial.doc
Extension Editorial http://www.iowa4hfoundation.org/news/Call%20to%20Action/Extension%20editorial.doc
3. Forward this message and encourage your friends and family to do the same.
Dennis H. Goering
2008-2009 Iowa 4-H Foundation President
Phone: (515) 294-1537
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
A recent study has proved that 4-H builds youth skills. Dr. Richard Lerner, director of the Tufts study, reports these key findings.
In 4-H, youth contribute more than non-4-H youth to:
In 4-H, youth had higher scores than non-4-H youth in:
In 4-H, youth are more likely than non-4-H youth to show high:
• Personal development
• Family and community contribution
In 4-H, youth work toward the future more than non-4-H youth through:
• Higher grades
• School participation
• College plans
In 4-H, youth are more likely to score higher than non-4-H youth in:
• Selecting positive life goals
• Overcoming obstacles in the way of goals
In 4-H, youth are less likely than non-4-H youth to show:
• Risky behavior
Lerner, R. et al. (2008). The positive development of youth: Report of the findings from the first four years of the 4-H study of positive youth development. Tufts University, Institute of Applied Research in Youth Development.