4-H STRATEGIC PLAN Imperatives Programs Include1: Leadership, • Government, • Community Service,Personal • Leadership,Development, and • Character, • Global Awareness,Citizenship • Bullying, • Financial Planning, • Consumer Decision Making2: Health and • Foods, Nutrition, • Sports Nutrition,Wellness • Active Living3: Agriculture • Science of Agriculture • Livestock, • Plants, • Vet. Medicine4: Natural Resources • Water, • Environment, • Shooting Sports, Wildlife, • Sportsfishing5: Science, • Science Projects (including Discover Science Method), • PhotographyEngineering, and • VideographyTechnology6: Other • Any programs not fitting into one of the other five imperatives
4HYD Program Plans – RPDs WILL NEED TO DECIDE!!!• RPD NEEDS TO SAY WHAT THEIR EXPECTATIONS ARE! (PROGRAM ORIGINATOR, TYPES OF PLANS, EXPECTATIONS FOR COUNTIES WITH DIFFERENT TYPES OF CEAS (TITLE WISE)• REGIONAL YOUTH PROGRAMMING PRIORITIES• ADD ITEMS AS NECESSARY
SUGGESTED: 4HYD Five Program Plan: These are THREE OUTPUTS• The 4HYD Unit has tried to simplify model plans for more streamline reporting and to make it easier to plan and report 4HYD Programs. For outputs, the following have been developed: – 4-H FCS Output Plan – program management for foods, nutrition, fashion, healthy living, etc. – 4-H Livestock Output Plan – program management plan for livestock (validation, county trainings, project trainings, major show entry, etc. – 4-H Management Output Plan – program management plan for club meetings, 4-H Council, volunteer development, general curriculum enrichment, etc.
Suggestion: Two Outcome Programs Outreach Oriented Traditional OrientedDef’n – develop an outcome Def’n – develop an outcomeprogram that reaches a non- program that reaches an audiencetraditional, meaningful group. that you program towardThis could mean utilizing an throughout the year. This should beenrichment curriculum to reach something you are already doing.the audience. The only significant step to add is an outcome based evaluation.Examples include: Ag Fair Days, Examples include: Leaders 4 LifeSafety Camps, Balancing Food (council focused), Food Challenge,and Play, Take a Stand, Keys to Livestock Education, Photography,the Courthouse, etc. Consumer Decision Making, etc. Why? We need to concentrate on measuring the most impactful things we do.
PROGRAMS OF INTEREST• Texas Proud• Texas 4-H Golf Challenge• Quality Counts• Leaders 4 Life• 4-H Sports Nutrition• 4-H Food Challenge• Photography• Take a Stand• One day 4-H
Texas Proud of Texas Agriculture Amy Dromgooleamy.email@example.com 979.845.6533
Need• A large portion of youth today are unaware of the harm the agriculture industry is in. This harm comes from a group of people who do not understand what farmers, ranchers, and other agriculture entities do and the importance they hold to our current state of living.• The only way to fight the battle of those who fail to realize agriculture’s importance is to tell the story of the young people who have grown up living and breathing agriculture.
Interest• The youth of Texas, especially 4-H, FFA and young Farm Bureau members understand this need as well. Therefore, there is an interest in this program as it allows for students to take factual message about the agriculture industry and adapt them in ways they see fit.• The interest is also fueled by the fact that students are allowed to make this project their own in fun and creative ways—we just give them the framework to do so.
Cost• Depending on the activities planned by the youth, the cost to implement this program can vary.• At the least, the program is completely free as it encourages youth to communicate the Texas Proud of Texas Agriculture messages via social media, public speeches, and with letters to various publications.• The program also encourages an event to promote the positives of agriculture.• However, these events are youth driven and can cost as little or as much as these groups would like them to be.• If funding is needed, school groups, agriculture commodity groups, and various agriculture centered businesses could be approached for sponsorships.
Objectives1. Effectively recognize a need for the Texas Proud messages to be at the forefront of our local communities2. Create short and succinct messages about agriculture based on the Texas Proud messages and your own experiences3. Relaying agriculture facts to others based on the 3 Texas Proud messages
Lessons• Lessons to Teach• Point 1-Food Security• Point 2-Feeding America• Point 3-Trust• Texas Proud Overview & Purpose• Texas Proud – Lets Get Social!• Texas Proud – Give a Speech!• Texas Proud – Planning an Event• Texas Proud – Talking to the Media
Opportunities• Opportunities for kids (contests, competitive events, etc)• Texas Proud of Texas Agriculture Essay Contest (Deadline Sept. 15)• AG4U Day at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo• Year-round advocating events hosted by 4-H youth
Evaluation Indicators• Evaluation indicators• Reach of messages (number of people, media outlets, etc.)• Change in behavior of youth after messages are taught• Change in thought process of those reached with the messages
Texas 4-H Golf Challenge• Relevance - Incorporating an event like the Texas 4-H Golf Challenge will give youth the opportunity to compete in an athletic event while understanding, sports nutrition, the rules and etiquette of golf, learn about the opportunities present in golf course and turf grass management.• What are kids saying? - Increased interest and continued growth since its inception in 2010. Over 230 youth have participated in five regional events and one state qualifying event• Cost to implement/Ideas for funding – Regional events require $1000 in sponsorship. – Golf Challenge Camp requires $2000 – Ideas for funding: garner sponsorship from current donors, potential fundraising golf tournament to offset future costs.
Texas 4-H Golf Challenge• Program Objectives – Provide youth the opportunity to build character traits while learning the rules and etiquette of golf. – Teach and promote teamwork in youth participants. – Promote physical activity in youth participants. – Teach youth the importance proper nutrition while competing in sporting events. – Build knowledge in the area of golf course and turf grass management. – Give youth the opportunity to display what they have learned by participating in a new, healthy, competitive event. – Provide youth the opportunity to build character traits while learning the rules and etiquette of
Texas 4-H Golf Challenge• Program Resources (http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/golf ) – Texas 4-H Golf Challenge Manual – Winning with Nutrition Curriculum – Turf Grass and Golf Course Management Resource (TAMU Turfgrass) – Rules and Etiquette of Golf (USGA)• Programmatic Opportunities – Four regional events are offered each year. – State-qualifying event is offered following the regional events – Golf Challenge Camp offered in the spring to teach youth about career opportunities, professional golf instruction, and other important skills related to the golf challenge.
Texas 4-H Golf Challenge• Evaluation Results - The following are highlights from 2012 Texas 4-H Golf Challenge Programs. Your understanding of Before After Change % Change The basic fundamentals of 1.67 3.62 1.95 116.77% chipping The basic fundamentals of 1.42 2.89 1.47 103.52% pitching Best practices for managing 1.56 2.88 1.32 84.62% turf grass Basic principles of golf course 2.15 3.35 1.19 55.36% management Sports nutrition as it relates to 2.38 3.42 1.04 43.55% golf Kyle Merten ––979-845-6533 ––firstname.lastname@example.org Kyle Merten 979-845-6533 email@example.com
Quality Counts Website• Complete Curricula• Access to multiple slide shows for teaching• Print and media resources: logos, brochures• Texas Trails online self paced modules• Evaluation Resources• Link to Verification and Instructions
Quality Counts Verification (Testing) • Youth exhibiting at any Major Livestock Show in Texas must pass the on-line verification test with a score of 80% or greater • Verification number is generated by a passing score on the test and is required on the Show Entry Forms • Youth only need to take this test once as a Junior and then once again as a Senior
Quality Counts Verification (Re-Testing)• 13 and under on August 31, of current year are considered a Junior. 14 and Older on August 31, of current year are considered a Senior• The Testing system will determine the correct test to issue a student when they enter their birthdate• Children turning 14 prior to August 31, 2012 will need to go into the Verification system and become verified as a Senior
Leaders 4 Life• Why the need? – Leadership Development for youth is different in every program across the state. Leaders 4 Life provides a structured program resource that can be used to develop strong leadership groups in each of our 4-H programs.• Are kids interested? - If you break down the fundamentals of a structured meeting (ie. 4-H club meeting), there are several reasons that it is important for youth to have an understanding of proper parliamentary procedure and leadership techniques. A structure to make fair decisions, keeping a meeting to a timely schedule, allowing each voice to be heard, and a basis of fun are all important factors that are made possible through this program.• Costs to implement/ Ideas for funding?- Little to no cost to implement the program. Most resources can be printed for free online. Robert’s Rules of Order and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens can be purchased online for minimal cost. Civic organizations (ie. Lions, Rotary, and Toastmaster Clubs) might be potential sponsors for any necessary cost at the local level.
Leaders 4 Life• Website- http://texas4- h.tamu.edu/project_leadership/leaders• Program Objectives- 1)Develop leadership skills in youth 2)Provide counties with a “tool box” of resources 3)Recruit and train volunteers 4)Provide contest opportunities to youth related to leadership• Lessons- YEA 4-H: Take the Lead Unit, Parliamentary Procedure Resources, Use Your Hands For…Service Lesson Plan, Additional resources on L4L website
Leaders 4 Life• Opportunities- County level educational sessions, District Contest, State Contest, and National Contest• Evaluation Indicators – Knowledge Level and Skill Level• Contact- Garry Branham Extension Program Specialist - 4-H District 7 7887 US Highway 87 N San Angelo, TX 76901-9714 Phone: 325-653-4576 Fax: 325-655-7791
4-H Sports Nutrition• Why? – Texas ranks 7th in child obesity rates – 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey results indicate Youth are engaging in: • Alcohol, tobacco and drug use • Unhealthy dietary behaviors • Poor methods of weight loss• Youth Interest – 23 UIL athletic events with more than 1 million youth participating – Always looking for edge to win
4-H Sports Nutrition• Objective: – Engage youth athletes (7th-9th grades) in learning the importance of proper nutrition and hydration for maximum athletic performance and for general health and well-being. – Explore habits and temptations that can negatively affect an athlete’s performance.• Five Core Lessons – Eating for Excellence – Hydration Station – Game Day Dining – Performance Robbers – Fads and Facts• Opportunities for Youth: – 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Invitational – 4-H Golf Challenge
4-H Sports Nutrition• Resources available at: – texas4-h.tamu.edu/healthy_lifestyles – texas4-h.tamu.edu/publications• Evaluation Indicators – Knowledge/Understanding of: – MyPlate – Function of carbohydrates – Function of proteins – Function of fats – Function and importance of water – How to create a menu appropriate for game-day dining – Effects of smoking and alcohol on one’s athletic performance – Impact of lack of sleep on one’s performance – How to recognize fad diets
4-H Food Challenge• Why? – Money spent on away-from-home food has steadily increased since 1970s, which comes with • Larger portions • More calories • Higher costs – Texas has child obesity rate of 20.4%• Youth Interest – Food & Nutrition project is one of the most popular – Interest in maintaining a healthy lifestyle – Cooking is a basic life skill
4-H Food Challenge• Objectives – Provide opportunities to exhibit knowledge and skills when preparing and presenting dish – Teamwork – Public speaking – Enhance leadership – Fun!• Resources: – MyPlate – Dietary Guidelines – Fight Bac – Balancing Food & Play – Food, Culture & Reading – Color Me Healthy – Nutrition Voyage: The Quest To Be Our Best – Many more! – Texas4-h.tamu.edu/healthy_lifestyles
4-H Food Challenge• Opportunities for Youth – County, district & state level events – San Antonio Livestock Show – Brazos Valley Fair – Some County Fairs/Livestock Shows• Evaluation Indicators Knowledge Indicators Behavior Indicators My Plate Plan and prepare a recipe at home Food nutrients and their functions Alter a recipe for dietary needs Food safety principles Make healthier food choices Kitchen safety More comfortable speaking with others Purpose of different cooking methods More comfortable working in a team How to plan and prepare a recipe Ability to serve in a leadership role How to alter a recipe for dietary needs More willing to listen to others Follow through on obligations
PHOTOGRAPHY• Rules and Guidelines to be released by September 15 for 2013 contest.• Photos will be uploaded to 4-H CONNECT and deadline is April 15th!• COUNTY OFFICES NEED TO CHECK CATEGORIES PHOTOS ARE ENTERED! – A number of photos were DQ’ed in 2012 because they did not meet the category description.• 2013 Theme: Holiday Season in Texas! (photos of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years scenes in Texas)
Take a Stand• Bullying is a huge issue!• Curriculum: – 3-5th Grade – 6-8th Grade – 9-12th Grade• Outcome measures – Students increase knowledge and skills to solve conflict peacefully. – Teachers observe students using skills to work out conflict. – Schools experience a decline in discipline referrals.
Take a Stand• Initiative for 2012-13 – 3rd – 5th Grade is Priority• Great Curriculum Enrichment Program in Schools – Lesson Keep Your Cool (Conflict Resolution and Bullying) – Walk in my Shoes (Communication) – Manner of Speaking (Etiquette) – Get in the Game (Teamwork) – You + Me = Harmony (Cultural Awareness)
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• Saturday October 13, 2012• Registration form will go live September 1st for project coordinators to enter information.• Recognition awards to be presented to outstanding projects in 2012.
CONCLUSION• This isn’t all we do.• These are just some priority items to consider.• Keep in mind: – What do youth need? – What is of interest to them? – LEARNING HAS TO BE FUN!!!!