Thank you so much for volunteering with 4-H. We know it is a commitment of your time and we know you are here for the kids. You may ask how is 4-H Shooting Sports different than other youth shooting skill programs. The answer is “we are first about developing young people. And we do this through learning skills such as shooting.” This weekend you will get a heavy dose about helping young people grow and what you as a leader can bring to this. Ive been asked as a youth development specialist to share with you our philosophy, as well as what we expect our leaders to know in order to create remarkable experiences that will help youth in our programs become competent, caring and contributing young people.
4-H does equal Positive youth development! Talk about the "genius" of 4-H here.
So how do we make sure Youth needs are met in positive ways? By making sure youth have the supports and opportunities through the environments in which they engage. These supports and opportunities are what we call Essential Elements. They need to be present in your clubs in order for youth’s needs to be met. Read through the elements. We will go through a few of elements so you have an understanding of how important they are.
The most important element to a great 4-H experience is you and what you bring to each member. It is not only your skills but your compassion. Youth need to know they are cared about by others and feel a sense of connection to others in the group. Through this “fellowship” youth are given the opportunity to feel physically and emotionally safe while actively participating in a group. Current research emphasizes the importance for youth to have opportunities for long-term consistent relationships with adults other than parents. This research suggests that a sense of belonging may be the single most powerful positive ingredient we can add into the lives of children and youth. How can you be that caring Adult in the lives of your Shooting Sports members? Youth need to know they are cared about by others and feel a sense of connection to others in the group. Through this “fellowship” youth are given the opportunity to feel physically and emotionally safe while actively participating in a group. Current research emphasizes the importance for youth to have opportunities for long-term consistent relationships with adults other than parents. This research suggests that a sense of belonging may be the single most powerful positive ingredient we can add into the lives of children and youth. How can you be that caring Adult in the lives of your Shooting Sports members?
What kinds of things can you do to have an inclusive environment at a Shooting Sports meeting? To help all kids in your club what kinds of things can you do? Examples: Welcome each member, play get to know you games. When leaders partake in recreation with the kids- this helps them get to know the members and members get to know the leader better. Have older youth be the big buddies of younger youth, etc.
In order to develop self-confidence youth need to feel and believe they are capable and they must experience success at solving problems and meeting challenges. By exploring 4-H projects and activities, youth master skills to make positive career and life choices. Additionally, youth need to have a safe environment for making mistakes and getting feedback, not just through competition but also as an ongoing element of participation. Finally, youth need the breadth and depth of topics that allow them to pursue their own interests. Ask the audience: Once Matt makes 48 out of 50 on a regular basis- what can you do as his 4-H leader to encourage him to learn more?
Tomorrow you will learn that people really don’t learn unless they relect or think about what they are learning and how it connects to something else. This means you need to know what your members know in order to help them with the next step. Not all kids will be at the same place so you may need to have some adult or teen helpers that can work with other members. One of your jobs will be to help connect young people with others who can help them learn more.
Youth need to feel their lives have meaning and purpose. By participating in 4-H community service and citizenship activities, youth can connect to communities and learn to give back to others. It’s clear that these experiences provide the foundation that helps us understand the "big picture" of life and find purpose and meaning.
Youth need to know that they are able to influence people and events through decision-making and action. By exercising independence through 4-H leadership opportunities, youth mature in self-discipline and responsibility, learn to better understand themselves and become independent thinkers. How can we encourage independence in 4-H Shooting Sports? Setting goals. Planning events. Fund raising Purchasing equipment for the club or knowing how to do it.
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Iowa 4-H Youth Development and 4-H Robotics
What are we doing here?Training you to teach— In a way that kids can learn!
To Be Successful You Need To Know: About 4-H About Kids The Subject How to teach
4-H 101 What makes 4-H so effective inhelping youth grow and develop?
Iowa 4-H Mission4-H empowers youth toreach their full potentialworking and learning inpartnership with caringadults It’s about Positive Youth Development
Positive Youth Development Positive youth development helps young people become competent, caring, capable, confident, connected and contributing through a series of progressive learning experiences with caring adults
4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.
The 4-H Pledge "I Pledge my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service, and my Health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world." The pledge tells what 4-H is all about. 4-H has as its goal the four-fold development of youth: Head, Heart, Hands and Health. The pledge was adopted by the delegates tothe 1927 National 4-H Club Camp in Washington, DC. State club leaders voted for and adopted the pledge for universal use. The phrase "and my world" was added in 1973.The saying of the pledge has prominent place in 4-H activities at regular 4-H meetings, achievement days, and other club events.
Positive Youth Development =Meeting the Needs of Youth Belonging Mastery Independence Generosity
What are these 4 basic needs of Youth?Belonging— Finding that you have things in common with others and you are accepted and made to feel part of the groupMastery — Encouraged to try new experiences and find out what things you are good at
What are these 4 basic needs of Youth?Independence— Giving youth a choice in what they will do and a voice in where the group is headedGenerosity— When youth belong, feel that they have skills they have accomplished and are given choices, youth will choose to share with others of their knowledge time and skills We need to provide them with a chance to give back
What are the Essential Elements of a great 4-H Experience? A Caring Adult An Inclusive A Safe Environment environment Opportunity to develop Opportunity to see Mastery oneself as an active Opportunities to help participant in the others “Service” future Opportunities to make Opportunities to be decisions or Self Engaged in Determination Learning
A Caring Adult As a 4-H Leader your most important job is to be your Members Caring Adult. Set boundaries andAdvisor expectations and they Guide identify each child’s Mentor strengths Supporter Friend Advocate Supports all youth development needs
A Safe EnvironmentYouth learn and participate more fully when they feel physically and emotionally safe.A structured yet flexible environment encourages honesty, trust, and respect. As a 4-H Robotics volunteer when should you be structured and when flexible? Supports need for Belonging
An Inclusive EnvironmentEncourages and supports itsmembersWhere youth receive positive andspecific feedback from leaders, otherparents and other youth.Where leader takes time to celebratesuccesses of all members Supports sense of belonging
Opportunities for Mastery Learning “ The more we practice the better we get. Last week we accomplished just two missions, today it was five missions. I feel so good.” Delaney Ettleman, Harrison County 4-H Robotics Club Member
Opportunities to Engage in LearningDeveloping connections with what theylearn and experience in lifeSelf-reflectionLearn from Experience and ReflectionHelps to meet needs of Mastery and Independence
Opportunities to Be Generous or Servicing OthersHelps youth feel they a part of something Helps to support the need for generosity
Opportunities for Self- DeterminationYouth and leaders are making decisions soyouth know they have an impact.Youth feel a personal sense of influence overtheir lifeYouth become self-directing and independentWhat would this look like at your 4-H Roboticsclub meetings or camps? Supports need for independence
What is the most importantsingle element in helpingyoung people become caring,contributing, and competent ?
Youth and Adult PartnershipsWhat does this mean? – Youth can choose which activities they wish to participate and how they want to participate- unless unsafe. – Youth meet regularly to discuss and modify existing programs with leaders. – Youth meet regularly to plan future programs or activities. – Youth evaluate programs they plan or participate in. – Youth can share and communicate the program to outsiders: they know what the program needs, why, and the how’s.
What is not a Youth/Adult partnershipThe leader and adults in the program decide what activities the youth will do.The leader and adults decide what resources they need and find them themselves.The leader and adults tell others what the kids are learning, because the kids dont know.The leaders and adults decide and organize the community service projects.
How will I know I am doing a good job?Kids are attending the Kids are listened to andmeetings/field trips etc. genuinely valuedKids are the focus Balance between chaos andThere’s a good mix of rigidityconsistency and flexibility All members successes areThe group works hard and celebratedplays hard Newcomers are welcomedKids are empowered and by existing membersare making decisions Service is practiced
Let’s take a quick Break! We will come back and get into how we better understand the youth we work with and how to help you learn
Ages & Stages of Youth DevelopmentHow do young people change as they grow?How do these changes affect you as a 4-H leader, instructor, or volunteer and the programs you plan for your club/members?
4-H age groups are in different places with…Physical Growth Growth in Thinking Social Growth Emotional Growth
Different Ages – Different StagesWhat are they like? Juniors Intermediates Seniors (9-11 years) (12-14 years) (15-18 years) Varied & many times quite Lengthens with experience Almost adult like andInterest Span short self-motivated High Interest, Poor Interested in skills for specific Highly skilled Coordination use, may tackle difficult jobsMotor Skills Peak of interest, Limited Increased depth and scope Continued increase Experience related to experience.Mental Ability Can see relationship Limited ability due to limited Can plan better than execute Have need and ability to experience & judgement planAbility to Plan Boys-Boys, Girls-Girls Interest in opposite sex & HighRelating to Peers interest in group acceptance
Extraordinary Learning Experiences Experiential Learning Cycle- Hands-on learning with reflection Aware of what stage of development youth are in, so we know what they can learn. We are always concerned about creating a safe environment.
Experiential Educaiton Experience the activity and do it Share reactions and observations publicly Process by analyzing and reflecting upon what happened Generalize to discover what was learned and connected to life Apply what was learned to similar or different situations
Tips for using the Experiential Learning Model Plan for time to reflect on the experience. Ask the right questions. Prepare ahead of time as you are thinking through the learning activity. Listen carefully to the youth. Support each young person’s unique learning style.
Why the Experiential Learning Model How Young People Learn Read 20% Hear 20% See 30% Hear & See 50% Say 70% Do 90%