Title

4-H (Head, Heart, Hands and Health): Reaching Urban Youth Through Sustainable, Inclusive Youth Network Development Programs

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Campus where you would like to present

Ellensburg

Event Website

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source

Start Date

18-5-2020

Abstract

As the nation’s largest, youth non-profit organization, 4-H (Head, Heart, Hands, and Health) has been an integral part of the United States farming community for over 100 years. 4-H was created to bring advances in agricultural technology to community farmers through mentoring youth in applying new ideas so they could learn more about the industries in their community. The organization’s 21st century goals include reaching out to all youth: rural, urban, and suburban in every state in the nation. The presentation focuses on the need for 4-H to improve upon their key weaknesses which were identified through an indepth Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis of the 4-H organization. Almost six million 4-H youth members have addressed issues, such as community health inequities, civil discourse, and equity and inclusion for all. Yet, the analysis demonstrated that 4-H is still struggling to reach urban youth. The analysis further showcases that by missing out on these 4-H opportunities, the urban youth are also missing out on critical programs that aid in increasing their confidence levels, leadership abilities, and critical thinking skills through hands-on learning programs. Independence in agriculture and hydroponics, bio-fuels, waste management, and fibers for clothing are just some examples that the extension programs can teach in urban communities. The presentation will demonstrate how beneficial youth networks can be formed and funded to meet these 21st century sustainable organizational needs.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Jamie Gilbert

Department/Program

Communications

Additional Mentoring Department

https://cwu.studentopportunitycenter.com/2020/04/4-h-head-heart-hands-and-health-reaching-urban-youth-through-sustainable-inclusive-youth-network-development-programs/

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May 18th, 12:00 PM

4-H (Head, Heart, Hands and Health): Reaching Urban Youth Through Sustainable, Inclusive Youth Network Development Programs

Ellensburg

As the nation’s largest, youth non-profit organization, 4-H (Head, Heart, Hands, and Health) has been an integral part of the United States farming community for over 100 years. 4-H was created to bring advances in agricultural technology to community farmers through mentoring youth in applying new ideas so they could learn more about the industries in their community. The organization’s 21st century goals include reaching out to all youth: rural, urban, and suburban in every state in the nation. The presentation focuses on the need for 4-H to improve upon their key weaknesses which were identified through an indepth Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis of the 4-H organization. Almost six million 4-H youth members have addressed issues, such as community health inequities, civil discourse, and equity and inclusion for all. Yet, the analysis demonstrated that 4-H is still struggling to reach urban youth. The analysis further showcases that by missing out on these 4-H opportunities, the urban youth are also missing out on critical programs that aid in increasing their confidence levels, leadership abilities, and critical thinking skills through hands-on learning programs. Independence in agriculture and hydroponics, bio-fuels, waste management, and fibers for clothing are just some examples that the extension programs can teach in urban communities. The presentation will demonstrate how beneficial youth networks can be formed and funded to meet these 21st century sustainable organizational needs.

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source/2020/CAH/6