4-H means service and teen leadership

October 5, 2005

An important aspect of the Hood River County 4-H Program is community service.

Many clubs plan a community service project as part of their club activities. This year several clubs from Cascade Locks joined forces to clean up Dry Creek.

The Spindoleers, a Fiber Arts club, planted a tree at Toll Booth park.

Other community service projects that 4-H members and clubs have done in recent years include sewing fleece hats for newborns on “Make A Difference Day”; adopting a family at Christmas; cleaning up the Parkdale Memorial gardens; serving meals at community events at the Parkdale Grange, Lions and Fire department; making survival kits for women at the crisis shelter; and sewing fleece socks for seniors at Brookside Manor’s Alzheimer unit.

Other valuable aspects of the 4-H program are the many ways in which teens can gain leadership experience.

Teens can volunteer as Teen and Junior Club Leaders and share their knowledge, organize club meetings, or teach lessons.

The Leadership Team is a group of middle- and high-school students who assist the community in various ways. They have volunteered at the food bank, the County Fair, and helped at the first 4-H Family Fun Walk.

The Management Team is a group of high-school students from Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties who plan, organize and facilitate the tri-county 4-H Leadership Camp.

Know Your State Government and the Oregon 4-H Youth Council are two statewide leadership opportunities that 4-H offers for youth.

The Know Your State Government Conference is held annually in Salem. It is designed to give 4-H members in grades 9-12 the opportunity to become knowledgeable about Oregon’s legislative and judicial systems.

The Oregon 4-H Youth Council is composed of youth representatives in grades 9-12 from around the state, adults and one collegiate 4-H member.

The goal of the council is to enhance the network of communication between state and county Extension staff and youth throughout the state to get more youth involved.

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Want to learn more?

To learn more about 4-H learning experiences where youth and adults can assist their communities, develop leadership and discover positive futures, please contact Billie Stevens or Sonja Huebner at the Extension Office, phone: (541) 386-3343 or e-mail:

sonja.huebner@oregonstate.edu

billie.stevens@oregonstate.edu

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