- Author: Maura Sparrevohn
Hello, my name is Maura Sparrevohn, and I was a California 4-H State Ambassador for the 2018-2019 program year. This last April, I was selected to attend the National 4-H Conference in Washington D.C. If it wasn't for the scholarship from Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation, I might never have been able to attend this conference, or connect with 4-H youth from outside of California. As someone who had never before been outside of California's borders, having the opportunity to experience a whole new place—brimming with people I never would have met otherwise—was an amazing experience.
National 4-H Conference: Roundtable on Adolescent Mental Health
During this near week-long conference, I had the opportunity to collaborate with 4-H youth from across the country on a roundtable group focusing on the mental health of adolescence in the United States. We were then able to present to the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) under the National Organization for Health and Human Services. Through this presentation, our team of diverse youth was able to voice our own concerns regarding the state of mental health in our peers. We were also able to provide the OAH with our own suggestions to combat the issue of stigma surrounding mental illness among American youth.
Invited to Collaborate on Social Media and Mental Health
Early this summer, and because of my involvement with the HHS, I was invited back to D.C., where I shared my perspective on how social media affects the mental health of my peers. I was one of 6 youth respondents selected from the U.S. to participate in this meeting organized by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs.
Through this once in a lifetime opportunity, I collaborated alongside Candice Odgers and Jean Twenge, both top researchers in their respective fields of psychology, to compare their findings to my own experiences with social media usage and how it relates to my own mental health as well as that of other youth who use social media. I was able to share my perspective on how the state of your mental health can be reflected through your personal social media usage. By practicing intentional social media usage and mindful habits, you can make positive impacts on yourself and others while connecting to your individuality. I also see it as a creative outlet that can connect individuals and provide all sorts of resources to provide connectedness, education, and opportunities to promote positive change for anything you may be passionate about.
Co-hosting a live Twitter Chat
Following my engagement in this meeting, the group of youth was asked to collaborate even further to propose a way to share what we had learned with others in our communities. We decided that the best way to share our knowledge of intentional social media use was taking to social media in a live and interactive way. On August 14th, we partnered with #ICanHelp and youth.gov to host a live Twitter Chat. Questions and tips were posted while Twitter users engaged and shared their perspective. Participants were able to interact with one another while sharing knowledge on how to be more mindful and intentional with how they use social media! For anyone interested in the postings, or reading what participants had to say, check out #mindfulsocialchat on Twitter!
Take the leap!
The skills I have gained and the connections I have made after initially going to National Conference have impacted my life in such a positive way. I was someone who was very nervous about flying all the way to the other side of the country, but I am so glad I did. I encourage other 4-Hers who may feel the same way to take the leap and apply for National Conference 2020. The experience is one that I know I will continue to positively reflect on, and I hope the same for all of you!
Apply by November 5, 2019
National 4-H Conference 2020
March 28- April 4, 2020
Review the Conference details, application and team requirements (PDF).
See the National 4-H Conference event page for more information and to apply.
- Author: J. M.
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4-H After school Program update
Do you know a college student who would like to participate in this amazing experience?
Applications are being accepted for the roundtable facilitator roles for the 2018 National 4-H Conference which will be held in Washington, D.C. April 7-12, 2018. Application documents are attached and can be downloaded at http://4-h.org/parents/national-4-h-conference/#!leadership-facilitators Please promote broadly to all college students. Applications due September 15th
National 4‑H Conference is the pinnacle experience in 4‑H Citizenship, providing the opportunity for young people to connect, learn, engage, lead and impact their communities, their nation and their world. Roundtable facilitators lead groups of 4-H teens through the development and facilitation of a briefing on an issue important to our nation. The facilitators play an important role in the success of this civic engagement experience. The facilitators also gain a tremendous amount of leadership experience, networking connections, and facilitation skills by serving in this role. All college students with a desire to participate in this experience are encouraged to apply.
County Dog Project
At the first meeting you will need to bring your leashed dog and a small pad or towel/blanket for the dog to sit on. Also bring a copy of the dog's vacinations as well as the child's 4H health record.
If there are any adults or teens who would like to help in this project please contact Lenore. If there are any questions call her at 707 799-9791 or email at email@example.com
Roots and Shoots is having a celebration on October 11th in San Francisco for the institutes 40th anniversary. Jane will be there and students will have a chance to present their projects to her. I would love to have 4-Hers who would want to take part.
Represent 4-H at Community Festivals!
We are inviting 4-H members, leaders, and parents to help represent 4-H at three upcoming 4-H community festivals. Please register for a 2-hour shift during the event.
The California 4-H Diamond Clover Award
The California Diamond Clover is the highest achievement for which a 4-H youth member is recognized. All youth members who achieve the requirements are eligible to receive this award. Awardees receive the California Diamond Clover Pin or Necklace Charm, a certificate and a recognition letter from the Associate Director of 4-H Program and Policy.
Applications are accepted year-round. Applications are reviewed by the 4-H Incentives and Recognition Advisory Committee and awarded quarterly.
Explore, Discover, Engage!
2017 Capitol Corridor 4-H Leadership Summit
Join your fellow 4-H Leaders, parents and staff in a day of exploration, discovery and engagement at the 2017 Capitol Corridor 4-H Leadership Summit on Saturday, September 23.
Both experienced volunteers and newcomer parents will find useful sessions at this day-long event. Need ideas for building a successful project or energizing your club meetings? Are you a newer parent and puzzled about 4-H opportunities, lingo and practices? Curious about how to build an online presence, grow your group, or work more successfully with teen leaders? Whether you have ideas to contribute or questions for which you seek answers, join our resident experts in discussion and activities that will build understanding and inspire. Click here to see the full array of sessions.
Our lunchtime keynote, Becky Lunders of teamWorks, will get us thinking about developing engagement in our 4-H parents, volunteers and youth. Becky's work with volunteer leaders is impressive, and her insights and passion deep.
Encourage your 4-H friends—leaders and parents—to join you and register for a full or half day.
What: 2017 Capitol Corridor 4-H Leadership Summit: Explore, Discover, Engage!
Sacramento County 4-H Program Representative, Jennifer Henkens: firstname.lastname@example.org
Disney Be Inspired Summer of Service Grants
The National Junior Master Gardener 4-H program has partnered with the WW1 Memorial Commission on a national service project for 4-H youth to be involved with building the WW1 Memorial. The Junior Master Gardener program is proud to promote because it ties to gardening!
Groups can make a donation of $64.99 and receive 60 poppy seed packets from the WW1 Memorial Commission. They can then sell the seeds to support their program. The recommended selling price is $2 per seed packet which would generate $120. Basically the first dollar goes to fund the National WW1 memorial and the second dollar stays local for the 4-H club, school group, etc. to support their activities/programs.
We are promoting through all of our JMG groups and state partners, but this is open for any and all 4-H groups. It is a great opportunity for youth to learn more about WW1, while also being a part of a national service project. Many resources, learning experiences and details on how to participate in the poppy project can be found at the website below:
Groups can start now, but the big push is between Sept. 5 and October 20th. Representatives from 4 winning groups will be invited to experience an expense paid trip to the groundbreaking of the National WW1 Memorial in Washington DC in November.
4-H Shooting Sports Workshops
If you have an interest in sharing your Shooting Sports skills with youth, how about becoming a 4-H Shooting Sports adult volunteer or teen leader? There will be a variety of 4-H Shooting Sports leader certification trainings offered this fall. The classes will be held over a Saturday and Sunday weekend format at the Safety First Shooting Association, River Oaks Range, 11584 Shaffer Rd, Winton, in Merced County (center state). This class is being hosted by Merced County 4-H. You must become a 4-H leader or member and attend both days to receive certification to lead the shooting sports discipline of your choice at the project, club and camp levels. The course will include a PowerPoint lecture, review of equipment, practice shooting and teaching, and a written test. The cost is $35 per person to include a resource binder, with Saturday and Sunday lite breakfast refreshments. Please bring your own lunch to the class. Junior and teen leaders are invited but must attend with an adult or have a certified shooting sports adult leader they will be assisting back home. Driving directions to the facility. Tent or Dry RV camping is an option. Numerous hotels are available in the area, contact Dave below for more info if needed.
To register, please complete and mail the “CA 4-H Shooting Sports Training Request and Registration Form” with an adult or youth 4-H medical release form and a $35 check payable to “Merced County 4-H Council” and mail to UCCE, 2145 Wardrobe Ave, Merced, 95341. Registration is due Friday the week before your class (7 days prior), and Space is limited to 20 attendees. For more information call Dave at 209-614-1718 or Darlene McIntyre at 209-385-7418 or email her at email@example.com.
Archery – Sept 9 & 10th
Bay Coast Area Updates
I am really looking to get a big group of Citizenship Weekend delegates outside of the typical sectional lines- this is a great opportunity for those with youth that are interested in CalFocus/CWF in the future but are too young/not ready, or those that can't attend one of those Citizenship conferences due to cost, timing, etc. If there are those that are interested from the far south or far north, I will try to organize carpool or a bus system so we can get kids to this amazing event.
Thank you! Let me know if you have any questions! - Trent
From the 4-H Youth Development Advisor, Steven Worker
President's Letter - Naomi Edwards
As I walked around Sonoma County Fair and saw interactions between our youth and the public, I was beaming with pride.
I watched young members being helped by older youth on show days, younger members showing the public what they had baked or crafted in Finley hall, and gorgeous displays of flowers and exhibits to show the public "Who 4-H is".
Finley Hall was full of welding, woodwork, leather craft, sewing, pottery, art, fruits and vegetables, dried goods and baked goods.
As I observed the barns, there were posters to educate the public and decorate the stalls. Sonoma County Fair was well attended and a great way to showcase 4-H.
As the fall approaches we move into Officer training, enrollment, achievement night, and club activities. Hope to see you at as many events as you can attend!
I am looking forward to another year of Making the Best, Better!
Enrollment training and process:
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Project Leader - 4-H Project Sheets
The following 4-H project sheets are designed to help 4-H volunteers determine meaningful content and lead youth in hands-on activities. 4-H youth and their families may use these sheets to decide which project they might be interested in.
4-H does not endorse any person in the community who make requests. As always, please use caution when contacting someone. 4-H members who accept listed jobs are doing so as an individual, outside of the scope of the 4-H program.
Land available to a 4-Her for their animals
We are hoping that the young man or young woman would be willing to feed Shiloh when feeding their animals. We are reinforcing the fencing, as well as putting in a new farm gate. I am willing to send pictures once the gate is in next weekend.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions, or a tour of the property! We would love to have her new friends in place soon!
Please contact me: Carroll Jung (pronounced “Young”) House: 707 527-7510 Cell: 650 787-0556 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Job opening for 2 responsible 4-Hers
Looking for 2 people that likes horses to work at a horse barn in Sonoma! Mon-Fri AM 7-9:30 let horses out of stalls.. give hay to horses and clean 10 horse stalls/runners and 6 small pastures PM 5-7 let horses back in their stalls and feed hay and their grains!
Please contact Anita Herbert
I am looking for a really-Good-Home to give great care to a Box Turtle. It was my daughter's when she was in school. I can no longer care for it. And, it must go to a Really Good-Home. It's very easy to care for and comes with everything it needs, like the glass box, log house, water & food bowls, & heat lamp.
If interested contact: Francy @ (707) 861-9782 Thank you
Graze Land for senior in Petaluma
As of 7/17/17 Council on Aging Services for Seniors has a client with 2 acres in Petaluma that is looking for a responsible party that may be interested in temporarily lending their sheep or goats to graze on the land free of charge. For more information please contact Loretta at (707) 525-0143 x128. Thank you
Connecting Local Seniors with 4-H Clubs
Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa has an adult day program called the Shaw Center for Memory Care. They are a non-profit program serving seniors who have dementia. Their goal is to provide enriching activities for seniors, including, but not limited to music, physical activity, socialization, gardening, memory games, animal therapy, and art. In the past they have had a 4H group bring their animals to their outdoor site in Santa Rosa to share with their senior clients. They are currently looking for a 4H club who is interested in bringing their animals to the program during the Summer to create a fun day of learning about animals for their seniors. Please contact Lindsey Hazlewood, Program Coordinator at email@example.com or 528-8712 x 184 if your group is interested.
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