DEANA K. REED
Youth participating in the Meade County 4-H Youth Development program can choose from hundreds of projects that may help them learn practical skills and competencies, develop inquiring minds, and acquire an eagerness to learn.
Since there is such a vast scope of projects, there is something for members of all ages and interests. Many project books and leader’s guides have been developed by Extension educators specializing in particular subject matter areas.
Youth are eager to learn because project work is educational and fun. Some projects have several units so members can advance in subjects of personal interest. Through these experiences, 4-H’ers will develop and hone a number of life skills such as time management, teamwork and communications.
Members also will develop workforce preparation skills such as mastering technology, leadership, communications, career exploration and other related skills. These competencies will benefit members from youth through adulthood.
Project experiences also reinforce what 4-H’ers have learned in school. Overall, 4-H project work helps members learn to read and follow directions. Specifically, members use fractions in foods projects and measuring in woodworking. Keeping records as part of a project helps 4-H’ers with writing skills and learning how to summarize and communicate what they’ve accomplished. In the computer project, 4-H’ers gain hands-on experience in all phases of computer operation and related skills including processing and visualizing information and planning and organizing. Learning kitchen safety and sanitation will give a member’s lifelong skills that will keep them healthy. Equally important, these project experiences help members apply what they learned in their project work to their daily lives.
It’s not too late to choose a 4-H project for the 2020-2021 project year. Unfortunately, that does not apply to our animal science clubs, but if that topic interests you, our new program year will begin in September 2021. If you can’t think of a topic that may interest you, check out our 4-H website (https://meade.ca.uky.edu/content/4-h-youth-develpment) to see what local clubs are offered and check out our Chatter newsletter to see what additional activities and/or events are happening in Meade County 4-H Youth Development.
For more information on involving young people in 4-H Youth Development programs, contact the Meade County Cooperative Extension Service at 1041 Old Ekron Rd, Brandenburg or by phone (270) 422-4958.
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