More than 160 teens attending the 2010 Idaho 4-H Teen Conference packed themselves into the Student Union Building ballroom to become certified in CPR and First Aid on June 17. The largest training ever offered by the American Red Cross of Idaho, it enabled these 4-Hers to translate the four H’s of the Clover from words into action.
The teens learned skills to use when lives are threatened by respiratory or cardiac emergencies, and how to give care, sustain life and minimize the consequences of injuries or sudden illness until help arrives. They counted compressions, watched videos, answered questions, and chewed on pencils while taking the written tests. They learned how to overcome the natural reluctance to act in emergencies. “This is the longest term service project we have ever undertaken,” said Monika Riegel, 4-H Youth Development co-coordinator of the conference. “These 4-Hers returned to communities all over Idaho and Washington, ready to help saves lives with their new-found skills.
Teen Conference is supported by generous funding from the Idaho Friends of 4-H. Each year 200 or more Idaho teens spend a week on the University of Idaho campus, where they participate in educational programs and a service learning project.
“Without the cooperation of the American Red Cross of Idaho and their instructors, all of whom volunteered their teaching time for this project, this would not have been possible,” she said. “4-H emphasizes citizenship and the need to give back to one’s community, and this special service project goes right to the heart of what it means to be a 4-Her.”
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