Wednesday, September 26, 2012

What is 4-H

4-H is a nonprofit youth educational program administered through the UC Cooperative Extension and is open to all youth aged 5 to 19. 4-H stands for the four-fold development of youth: Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.

4-H provides youth with a variety of learning experiences that contribute to personal growth and development. Youth are encouraged to set their own goals and make their own plans and decisions. The program helps them to become self-reliant, responsible, and productive members of society.

4-H in Davis does not necessarily involve livestock animals. Projects offered through Golden Valley 4-H can include photography, sewing, arts and crafts, hiking, fishing and others. All projects are run by parent volunteers within the program or other 4-H clubs. Oftentimes, clubs will offer projects to members of other clubs, these would be countywide projects.

Adult Involvement

4-H is a fantastic organization that provides many opportunities to youth. However, the only way 4-H works is with adult volunteers. Adult volunteer opportunities range from leading a project, overseeing a committee ( for example, Picnic Day float building, Cotton candy sales, holiday caroling, Halloween party decorations). Without adult volunteers, 4-H would not exist. Each year we have requests from youth for more projects, more activities and more community service projects. At this time, we don't have enough adults leading some of these activities. Please take a moment to think of the many ways that you can help enrich the lives of our 4-H youth.
It is vital that parents of the club take on jobs that will strengthen our club. The youth are ultimately the ones who are making decisions about the club, but they need adults to help guide them. 4-H is not a drop off program for youth. Parents need to understand that the clubs run on adult involvement. Parents will be asked to run projects, lead committees and help with countywide events (Green and White Social, Spring Show, Farm Connection Day, Community Service Projects)

4-H is a year long program with one monthly meeting (club business meetings) the first Tuesday night of each month. The project meetings happen throughout the month at the location the project leader chooses. There are events throughout the year for the youth to participate in which often include adults chaperoning them, leading committees, assisting with setting up events, planning fundraisers and community service projects. Youth are strongly encouraged to complete a record book at the end of each year. It is extremely important that youth attend each of the club business meetings and project meetings. Youth will not be allowed to participate at the Spring Show if they have not attended 80% of club meetings as well as project meetings.

Golden Valley 4-H is in charge of County Presentation Day in February. At this time we are looking for a parent or several parents to coordinate this incredible event. Presentation Day is held at UC Davis and is open to all Yolo County youth. Please contact Claire or Melissa if you are interested in helping to coordinate this event.
If at this time, you are unsure about how to lead a project or what to teach, there are 4-H curricula in over 40 areas of study. Many of these are at our county office and available for our use. Please look at the following link to see a list of the variety of guides that are available. There are also many free resources for 4-H leaders to use.
Please, don't hesitate to speak with Claire or Melissa about an idea you might have. Together we can give our youth an incredible 4-H experience.

Adult Registration

All adults are strongly encouraged to become leaders or registered 4-H Adults. Once you have gone through the process (fingerprints, watching an online video and taking a quiz, completing the application) you will not have to repeat the process as long as you register each year.
Please take a moment to follow the link below to the county website on how to register as a 4-H leader/adult.
http://ceyolo.ucanr.edu/4-H_Program/Join_4-H/How_To_Enroll/
Adult registration for Golden Valley 4-H is $20.00

Youth Registration

You will need to bring the registration paperwork, (club enrollment form, medical forms, 2 pages) and register online. 
Online registration: http://ceyolo.ucanr.edu/4-H_Program/Join_4-H/How_To_Enroll/

Please email goldenvalley4h@gmail.com for copies of the registration paperwork.

Projects Avaliable

Sewing
Gardening
Baking/Cooking (restrictions on age and number of youth that can enroll)
Cooking with Dietary Resctrictions (cross club with Norwood)
Arts and Crafts
Photography (cross club with Norwood)
Dogless Dog (dog ownership not necessary, youth will be paired with UC Davis Vet students and work with volunteer dogs)
Advanced Robotics (for students who have completed a year of beginning robotics)
Fishing
Exploring 4-H

Countywide projects available:
Movie Criticism (kids must have permission for PG 13 films)
Primary Arts & Crafts (Countywide, held in Woodland at County Office at Norton Hall) (5-9 years old)
Archery (Starts in January, age restrictions)
Rabbits
Cavies
Pets and Small Animals
Plant Identification
Fashion Revue
Vermicomposting (held in Davis)
Hiking (10 years or older)
Thrive Leadership (youth 6th grade/11 years or older)
Still not confirmed are goats and dog.

Projects Needing Leaders

Cooking
Baking
Geocaching
Beginning Robotics (curriculum provided)
Please contact Claire or Melissa if you are interested in leading a project on the list or something completely different.  Curricula is available if you would like to use one, you are not required to do so.

Golden Valley 4-H Information

Golden Valley meets the first Tuesday of each month at Birch Lane Elementary School.  The club meeting is from 7:00-8:00pm with a club business meeting, youth activity and short snack.

There will be a Harvest party with Norwood and West Plainfield on October 25 from 7-8pm at Holmes Junior High. Costumes are encouraged, games and food will be provided.
Upon enrollment to Golden Valley 4-H, you will be provided with the website and password for the website. All communication, calendars, forms and photos are located at the website.

For questions about registration or Golden Valley 4-H, please email Claire at goldenvalley4h@gmail.com

*We have many projects on our project wish list. If you are interested in leading a project please contact Claire at goldenvalley4h@gmail.com