4-H is found in every county where it provides research-based programs, informal learning, and experiential learning programs for children in K-12 grade. Children with adult mentors, learn about any topic of their choice. Last year more than 100,000 children and 6,000 adult volunteers were involved in 4-H activities. Young people from any ethnic or cultural are eligible for this program, regardless in which region they are. The age of young is usually 9 to 19 years old, and local 4H office can give you more specific information.
Members work under the guidance of Extension staff or volunteers who have received training.
The minimum criterion for being a member is to participate in six or more educational activities from 20 to 60 minutes each one. The duration of the learning activity should follow the appropriate attention span at the age of young people in the group. The learning projects can be carried out once a week or when deemed appropriate. The participation of young people is vital for programs of 4-H. The educational model of learning through work is best when young people participate actively. The more involved, the better are your educational benefits.
The main goals of the 4-H Youth Development is to focus on youth and adult leadership, science, engineering, technology, natural resources, health, expressive arts, culture, sports, college readiness and preparation Skills for the workforce, in addition, the 4-H staff will extend beyond the normal to support families that are not self sufficient. The 4-H programs are carried out in 4-H clubs, like school programs, lectures, day camps and residence such as the “International Summer Camp” and other activities at the state level and through enrichment programs in schools.
Teachers and staff at 4-H Extension Service in each county, provide leadership for programs in all counties. They also provide educational opportunities to assist youth in developing appropriate life skills and techniques for maturity. They also provide training for volunteers and staff to assist families and communities to develop successful educational programs for children. At state level, the specialists of 4-H Extension collaborate with teachers and teachers of the county to support educational programs for 4-H throughout the East.
Project Goals and Objectives
The objectives of the Programs to the Community 4-H is the awareness of children, youth, families and professionals about the different existing resources, opportunities and support there to help them advance to the next level or to help to achieve their goals and dreams through postsecondary education, using information from college preparation and financial assistance through educational programs and activities, fun and safe in the community after school, made in a responsible manner and linguistically.
The broader vision of the program is to create opportunities for youth to enable them to explore continuing education options and guide them through research careers at community colleges and universities. Unfortunately, Oregon has 57% of American school lectures at high schools, which is an unacceptable situation that this project will seek to minimize, supporting and encouraging students to stay studying and getting good grades in school.
A study by the Oregon Department of Education in 2002 shows that in Oregon, in the minority, Hispanics are falling behind academically in comparison with the other students and also the level required by the state of Oregon, so as in the successful completion of high school and college preparation.
Being part of the Latino Liaison Program the Community 4-H, expose youth to different environments, introduce new information, provide opportunities to learn about postsecondary education and ways to find these opportunities, and engage in fun and educationally challenging. One remarkable thing about this program is that young people involved will allow them to interact with Latino professionals and college students who serve as role models.
This project is supported by the 4-H in Oregon, the Oregon 4-H Conference and Education Center, the OSU College of Engineering, the Migrant Assistance Program for the University (CAMP by its acronym in English), the Financial Aid Office OSU Financial, the Forest Resources Institute Oregon (OFRI by its acronym in English), Wayerhaeuser Co., Siuslaw National Forest, Forest Service U.S. Bureau of Land Management, public organizations like the City of Salem, Nuevo Amanecer, public schools and a group of very committed people, teachers and community.
Together they provide a variety of educational workshops and physical activities that motivate students to succeed. Their main focus is science-related activities, engineering, technology, natural resources, education, expressive arts, culture and sports. Other activities focus on general skills such as math and science, history, healthy lifestyle and preparing for college.
The 4-H community also provides opportunities for students, for participating in physical activities, including swimming, swings, rowing, volleyball, hiking, soccer and archery shooting.
4-H program for youth development focuses on the needs, concerns and interests of young people. Its goal is to help young people develop a positive self, to know how to behave in society, and gain knowledge and skills to solve problems.
Through individual projects, meetings, group activities and participation in various events planned, the members develop new skills, learn to cooperate, develop leadership skills, improve their patriotism / citizenship and have fun.