Kentucky 4-H News

4-H develops leaders through state teen council

Contact: Mark Mains, extension specialist for 4-H youth development

Throughout their 4-H careers, members have numerous opportunities to learn how to become better leaders. One of those opportunities is serving as a representative on State 4-H Teen Council.

State teen council gives young people who already possess leadership potential, the chance to refine their communication and leadership skills. Council members are chosen by their extension district and serve two-year terms. Six council members are chosen from each of the state’s seven extension districts.  (STUDENT’S NAME) is a State 4-H Teen Council member from (COUNTY NAME).

While serving on the council, members serve as a sounding board for 4-H state teen programming efforts and issues.

They also assist with the planning and execution of two leadership building events, 4-H Summit and 4-H Teen Conference. During Summit, teen council members serve as mentors to middle school students. They also create and present a leadership workshop to Summit participants.

In addition, council representatives select an issue they want to address as a group.  This year’s issue is agriculture awareness. Council members will create a workshop and accompanying resource packet to give people a better understanding of the origins of their food and fiber.  The workshop will be taught at 4-H Summit and within their counties, the packet will also be available to anyone online. Past issues that council members have addressed include bullying, body image and safety.

By serving on state 4-H Teen council, young people also have the opportunity to give back to their county 4-H program by serving as trained leaders on the National Youth Science Day experiment each October.

For more information on criteria for joining state teen council or other 4-H leadership opportunities, contact the (COUNTY NAME) Cooperative Extension Service.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.

4-H’ers have a blast during National Youth Science Day

4-H’ers have a blast during National Youth Science Day

Contact: Jann Burks, extension specialist for 4-H youth development

Recently, (COUNTY NAME) 4-H’ers learned how creativity and a strong foundation in math and science can help them help others, when they participated in the 4-H National Youth Science Day experiment.

National Youth Science Day gives 4-H professionals and volunteers across the country an opportunity to get youth excited about science, math, engineering and technology and promote 4-H Science programs. Since 2008, more than 5 million young Americans have participated in National Youth Science Day.

This year’s national experiment was called Rockets to the Rescue. 4-H’ers were given a fictional scenario that required them to design and construct an aerodynamic aircraft capable of delivering food to national disaster victims on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean. They were to create the aircraft using common everyday items like recyclable two-liter bottles, cotton balls, pipe cleaners, rubber bands and a protractor. Building their rockets required them not only to use their science skills but also to learn about the effects of natural disasters and food security issues, which are emerging real-world problems.

4-H helps mold the leaders of tomorrow and a strong foundation in math and science can help young people pursue numerous careers where they could make positive contributions to mankind.

While the national day was Oct. 8, Kentucky 4-H is celebrating the day and conducting the experiment throughout the month. For more information about 4-H science and technology opportunities, contact your (COUNTY NAME) Cooperative Extension Service.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.

Important items for the 2014 State 4-H Dog Show

2014 Dog Program

4-H Dog Show Parking Information

2014 Dog breed information

SF map Dog Show

4H State Dress Code Guidelines -Dog Show

4-H & Time Warner Cable Robotics Challenge


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4-H & Time Warner Cable Robot Challenge

Limited to 20 teams Team members – limit 3-5 per team Teams will participate in all challenges Scoring will be based on highest point achieved (combination of challenges) Rules will be posted on 4-H website by August 1, 2014

  • Clipmobile
  • Marshmallow catapults
  • Sumobot competition
  • Robot maze

Awards: Team – Fair entry (members + 1 chaperon) 1st place team – $300 2nd place team – $200 3rd place team – $150 Participant medals/awards Participant t-shirt

Teams responsibility

  • Teams bring their own Lego NXT or EV3 kit
  • Robot must fit 12×12 square (pre-built robots)
  • Teams must have own computer & software
  • Chaperone/Coach—one adult per team
  • Register online and arrange own transportation

New Cloverville to make its state fair debut

Source: Kim Adams Foster, 4-H youth development specialist

As state fair attendees enter the West Hall of the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville this August, they are going to notice something new. Due to donations from businesses and individuals across Kentucky, 4-H has a new Cloverville.
Cloverville is an annual attraction at the Kentucky State Fair. The new Cloverville is replacing the old structure, which was 40 years old and unable to accommodate the increasing number of 4-H entries. The new Cloverville will maintain the original’s small-town feel with six storefronts, an information center and stage. 4-H officials will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new structure Aug. 15.
Cloverville offers 4-H’ers opportunities to showcase their abilities and compete for statewide ribbons and awards. Fair visitors get to see examples of 4-H projects and our young people’s work ethic. Some of these projects took 4-H’ers weeks, months and, sometimes, an entire year to complete. Projects display skills in areas as diverse as science, the home, and arts and crafts. Regardless of whether they win at the state fair, the young people who have exhibits at Cloverville are already winners, as they won their county competition to advance to the state fair.
In addition to project exhibits, 4-H’ers will showcase their talents during Extension districts’ Talent Highlight Days and during Expressive Arts Day. 4-H’ers will also test their skills in competitive events including a science, engineering and technology competition, sewing skill-a-thon and 4-H’s version of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars.
Make plans to visit the Kentucky State Fair and see the new Cloverville firsthand Aug. 14-24. For more information about Cloverville events or to register for a competition, contact the (YOUR COUNTY) Cooperative Extension Service.
Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.

4-H’ers help comfort the “soles” of African children

By Katie Pratt

LEXINGTON, Ky., (June 26, 2014) – For most Americans, a good pair of shoes is a given, but that’s not the case for individuals born into poverty in Africa.

4-H’ers attending Teen Conference on the University of Kentucky campus worked diligently to trace and cut pieces of denim, cotton and plastic to make African children’s feet and lives a little more comfortable.

The young leaders from across Kentucky were taking part in a shoe party organized by Danielle Hutchins, Nelson County 4-H youth development agent with the UK Cooperative Extension Service, for the organization Sole Hope.

“The purpose of the workshop at Teen Conference is to introduce 4-H’ers from all over the state to the Sole Hope project. Hopefully they’ll take it back to their districts and counties to replicate the project,” Hutchins said.

Sole Hope, a North Carolina-based nonprofit, uses the denim and plastic pieces to provide closed-toe shoes to children in Uganda and a living wage to Ugandan shoemakers, who complete the shoes. Closed-toe shoes prevent the children from getting jiggers, a common sand flea that burrows into the skin of mammals to lay their eggs. Once inside, the sand flea causes itching, irritation, inflammation and open sores, which are prone to infection. If left untreated, the infection can lead to tetanus, gangrene and potentially a loss of a toe.

Hutchins learned of the nonprofit through Paul Knuth, a 4-H volunteer at the Kentucky 4-H Volunteer Forum, who had seen the program at the 4-H Volunteer Conference of Southern States.

She secured donated denim from consignment stores, Extension Homemakers and the St. Vincent de Paul Society mission store in Nelson County and ordered a shoe party kit from the Sole Hope website. The kit included patterns to make the shoe body and heel supports to fit toddlers’ shoe size 9.

“What I like about this project as a 4-H agent is it gives me the opportunity to cover many different topics,” she said. “I can use it to teach recycling. With the 4-H sewing clubs, I can talk about patterns and finished and unfinished edges. I can talk about medical intervention, because medical personnel actually remove jiggers from children’s feet before they receive the shoes.”

Hutchins began the project with 20 Nelson County 4-H Teen Council members, many of whom were on hand to assist the Teen Conference participants.

Brandon Darby, a Nelson County 4-H Teen Council member and his mom Andrea Darby, a 4-H volunteer, made sure all the cut denim was uniform and put the shoe packets together to ship.

“This project is different from the other ones I’ve done, because it gives me a chance to make an impact at the global level, whereas my other community service projects have all focused on making a difference locally,” Brandon Darby said.

Around 100 young people participated in the two-day event during the conference. 4-H’ers attending Teen Conference and other events organized by Hutchins completed 120 packets to send to the organization.

Exciting leadership opportunities exist for 4-H’ers

Source: Mark Mains, state 4-H youth development specialist


Our young people are the future leaders and decision makers of the nation. 4-H offers its members prime opportunities to explore and engage in leadership roles. By participating in a leadership role, young people can develop critical thinking, communication and life skills that will aid them in making future decisions.

Many leadership experiences are geared toward older youth, but younger youth also have the opportunity to become leaders early in their 4-H career.

Two of the most prestigious leadership roles include becoming a delegate to either the National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C., or the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta. At the National 4-H Conference, youth join extension professionals and adult volunteer leaders to discuss ways 4-H can better serve young people on local and national levels. Recommendations from the conference are shared with the Secretary of Agriculture, national extension leaders and those involved with 4-H programming. Four delegates from Kentucky are selected every year. During the National 4-H Congress, delegates learn about cultural diversity and serving others and their communities.

Many leadership opportunities also exist at the state level including becoming a state 4-H officer or a member of the State 4-H Teen Council. The council is comprised of young people from across the state. These 4-H’ers learn about leadership and communication as they serve as liaisons between local, district and state 4-H programs. State 4-H officers serve as ambassadors for Kentucky 4-H. 4-H members elect state officers each June during Teen Conference, and those officers serve until the end of the next year’s conference. The 4-H officers serve in leadership roles in State 4-H Teen Council, and past members often are invited to serve as advisers to the following year’s council and officers. The 2014-2015 state officers are:

President: Jordan Stone, Lyon County

Vice President: Haley Coppage, Ohio County

Secretary: Breanna Howell, Lawrence County

Treasurer: Julia Scott, Hart County

Teens interested in leadership opportunities in 4-H also can attend the 4-H Issues Conference and the State 4-H Teen Conference. At the issues conference, 4-H’ers from across the state meet to discuss issues affecting young people and their communities. Youth discuss ways in which they can have a positive impact on community issues and develop plans that they will implement when they return home. Young people who attend the 4-H Teen Conference can participate in a wide range of activities designed to help improve their leadership and communication abilities including workshops, tracks, tours, college visits and issues seminars.

4-H has many clubs and groups in which young people can assume leadership roles. Youth can get their first taste of leadership roles beginning as a junior 4-H member by becoming an officer of a county 4-H club or attending 4-H Summit. Summit is a three-day, two-night event where sixth- through eighth-graders get to meet their peers from across the state as well as State 4-H Teen Council members. During Summit, participants learn about leadership opportunities that are available to them when they become senior 4-H’ers.

4-H has many leadership opportunities available for youth. For more information on how you can get involved with these and other 4-H activities, contact your (COUNTY NAME) Cooperative Extension Service.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.


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