We have just wrapped up another successful Know Your Government Conference with 170 youth in attendance. You may remember from our last newsletter that this was a special year, as we were celebrating our 30th anniversary of the conference. We kicked it off with a celebration including Know Your Government alumni, some of whom were involved in the beginning years.
I think this is a true testament to the important role that 4-H programs play. The impact on youth lasts well into their adult years as they become 4-H alumni, then often turn into volunteers and parents of 4-H youth. Thank you to all who have played a role in this important conference over the last 30 years and have contributed to the many other 4-H programs that impact the lives of our youth now and into the future.
4-H Youth Development Program Director
The Cuddy Mountain Clovers 4-H Club in Adams County sees community service as an integral part of their experience, not just at home in their local community, but everywhere.
The club decided to work on two service projects during the winter holidays. The first project was making Christmas cards to send to soldiers overseas. Club co-leader, Vera Lewis, said the group knew they likely wouldn’t get a reply from their cards but that bringing cheer and good wishes to those overseas was enough.
To help those in their local community, the club decided to make scarves to hand out to those who needed a little bit of extra warmth. Between the eight members, they made 10 scarves to hand out at the local library.
“The librarian was thrilled about the project and excited to have them available in the library,” said Lewis.
While these 4-H members wholeheartedly lived out the 4-H pledge and motto, they learned valuable life skills such as how to use a sewing machine and how useful sewing is as a skill in fixing clothes or making a variety of leather projects.
In addition, the members learned about the safety rules and different parts of the sewing machine.
While learning life skills is an important part of any 4-H experience, the deeper lessons the Cuddy Mountain Clovers learned were just as valuable.
Lewis mentioned that the members learned about being charitable to others and to think about the needs of others.
The members learned how to be thankful for what they’ve been given, and to realize that not everyone is as fortunate.
Volunteers play a vital role in serving Idaho 4-H and helping create opportunities for youth across the state. In an effort to provide funding opportunities for volunteers, the Idaho 4-H Volunteer Association has created an endowment that will support volunteer training development for years to come.
This endowment will positively impact University of Idaho Extension 4-H Youth Development by providing resources to support volunteer training. The funds generated by the endowment will be used to cover costs such as new volunteer training modules, costs related to volunteer travel for training opportunities and volunteer training materials to name a few developments.
This comes at a great time, as a new training model is being developed for the state. Nancy Melville, volunteer management systems educator, state volunteer coordinator, has been working with key volunteers and professional staff to develop the new model. “This will be a tremendous opportunity to refresh our training program and provide better volunteer training support across the state,” said Nancy. “Volunteers are the backbone of the 4-H program and it’s our responsibility to provide essential training to the dedicated group of adults working with our youth.” Training will now be multi-faceted with a combination of a variety of delivery modes that are educational, engaging, experiential and fun.
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