Programplaning 2013


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This slide show was presented at the 2013 District 9 Program Planning Workshop. Contains agency priorities and information on "Let's Go Let's Grow"

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  • Only constant is change. The 4-H program has changed through time with the people and the needs. To stay relevant and effective, change is necessary. We are not a “one-size fits all” program. Thought that we could talk a little history here and the reasons for change.
  • -explain what SPIN Clubs are
  • -get into the why’s
  • SPIN groups must be chartered but there are some exceptions: -when there is no money or accounts, they do not have to have officers or club manager -when money is in play: must have a club manager and at least a president and treasurer
  • The 3 month window could really be anytime depending on the focus or the passion of the group. For my example, I am looking at hunting and the youth being interested in doing that. Timing is stated so that the youth will be prepared to hunt when done and will have completed a hunter safety course at the end. I am thinking the topics listed would help them prepare for that and teach some wildlife education while giving them a group experience and maybe some take home projects.
  • Programplaning 2013

    1. 1. Let’s Go, Let’s Grow Making Texas 4-H Stronger…Together
    2. 2. If you are the only hot dog stand in town, you do not have to be very good.
    3. 3. Well, guess what? If you have the only youth organization in town, your youth organization doesn’t have to be very good either!
    4. 4.  GROW the 4-H Program – Increase Enrollment  Recognize that the 4-H Program Happens LOCALLY! Purpose of Let’s Go, Let’s Grow
    5. 5. With 4-H Relative Advantage? Compatibility? Complexity? Trialability? Observability?
    6. 6.  Develop and Empower Volunteers (throughout the year)  Focus on the Local 4-H Program and Experience Strategies to Increase Enrollment
    7. 7.  Review Previous 4-H Club Enrollment  Review Previous 4-H Volunteer Enrollment  Review County Youth Population Figures  Set 4-H Enrollment Goals Increase 4-H Enrollment
    8. 8.  Local Training for Volunteers  Expectation of at Least Five (5) 4-H Leader Trainings focused on 4-H Projects  Volunteers Are Trained to LEAD Project Training in Appropriate Areas Volunteer Development Volunteer enters reporting information
    9. 9. Volunteer Empowerment  Engage volunteers so they FEEL empowered  Volunteers must be “trusted” to lead project areas  Develop working relationships with your volunteers  Develop a 4-H volunteer network in your county The WE is WE(right here, right now!
    10. 10. Volunteer Follow-up  Encourage volunteers  Ask what is needed to be successful  Establish expectations with volunteers  State 4-H Office will provide bi-monthly MS Lync sessions to provide ways and ideas to encourage volunteers throughout the year  Districts will lead on alternate dates.
    11. 11.  Program and Project Strengths  “Strength Based Areas” – Livestock Projects, Horse, Foods/Nutrition, Clothin g/Textiles, Photography.  Available Resources – new project resources from State 4-H Unit Focus on Local 4-H Program
    12. 12.  Trained 4-H Club Managers  Trained 4-H Project Leaders  County 4-H Event/Contest Committees  County 4-H Livestock Project Committee  County 4-H FCS Project Committee Focus on Local 4-H Program
    13. 13.  Programs at 4-H Club Meetings  4-H Project Activities/Workshops/Clinics  County 4-H Contests  Multi-County 4-H Workshops/Clinics  4-H Project Visits  4-H Livestock Show or 4-H Contest Entry Nights  4-H Recognition Events/Banquet Focus on Local 4-H Program
    14. 14. BIGGER BETTER More Youth More Specialists Support More Flexibility Make Strength Areas BETTER More Local Move from Management to Leadership
    15. 15. More Flexible
    16. 16. One Size Does NOT Fit All  Short Term Experiences  A Year Long Program is NOT for Everyone  Project Focused AND Community Focused
    17. 17. Short Term Experience SPecial INterest clubs Clubs for youth ages 5 – 18 who have common interests Gain knowledge and enhance skills through positive group experiences Youth are actively involved in planning and coordinating activities Adult provides expertise and guidance
    18. 18. Limited amount of “free time” Provide flexibility for positive youth development and adult mentorship May be a better use of volunteer’s time and expertise Specific focus for a specified time frame
    19. 19. Take programming to the youth involved At least 5-6 sequential learning experiences (at least 2 hours of total education) Time frame is variable but should be enough to cover the subject matter Identify and recruit volunteers for specific projects Suggested Structure: 1 volunteer per 6-8 youth Clubs must be chartered (simplified) Members will pay a membership fee
    20. 20. September / October / November Educate by eco region Species Plants Habitats Other topics might include Hunting Sportsmanship Wildlife Laws and Enforcement Wildlife Careers
    21. 21. Hands on activities Building feeders Wildlife management area Taxidermy and/or Habitat project End with hunter safety certification Curriculum available WHEP manual White-tailed Deer manual Enrichment curriculum modules
    22. 22. 8 weeks Hatching in the Classroom Facilities Workshop Record Keeping Care and Maintenance Feeding Showmanship Poultry Exhibition
    23. 23. Curriculum available Hatching in the Classroom 4-H Poultry Guide Texas A&M Poultry Science Website:
    24. 24. Fitness Challenge Safe Sitter Taxidermy Robotics Water Safety Shooting Sports Golf
    25. 25. The Promotion of Special Interest Clubs  Find them where they are  6 learning experiences  Example: Meet once a week for 6 weeks  Specific project focused  Give them opportunities to continue in other areas And for the nay-sayers: how many youth were at your May Meeting?
    26. 26.  4-H SPIN (Special Interest) Clubs  Focus on Common Interest or Hobby  Small number of youth in club (Higher volunteer to member ratio)  Short term involvement (2 weeks – 2 months)  5-6 sequential learning experiences Focus on Local 4-H Program
    27. 27. Build on Strengths  Foods & Nutrition  Beef  Meat Goats  Clothing and Textiles  Swine  Photography Scholarship Judging • Foods & Nutrition • Swine • Shooting Sports • Meat Goats • Photography • Rabbits • Horse • Beef • Clothing & Textiles Enrollment
    28. 28. So, Build Local Strengths Best Programs are either: ◉ Volunteer Led ◉ Agent Led
    29. 29. Think Local  We can create as many district, regional, or state programs as we want. ◉AND WE HAVE!
    30. 30. Two Years Ago it was $20 Last Year it was Texas 4-H Inc This year, it is: Lets Go / Lets Grow: ◉ Agency Priority, PERIOD ◉ WE have to respond. The Pressure is On
    31. 31. Website Resources o New and Existing Resources will be posted to new agent only password protected site o Additional resources will be developed
    32. 32. o Marketing resources to each county o Post Cards o Membership/ID Cards o Yard Signs o 4-H Participation fees used to support marketing resources Marketing
    33. 33. LOCAL Volunteer Leader Trainings Resources regarding Program Strengths Motivating – ALL YEAR LONG The Big Three