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Important items for the 2014 State 4-H Dog Show

4-H Dog Show Parking Information

2014 Dog breed information – web

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4H State Dress Code Guidelines -Dog Show

4-H & Time Warner Cable Robotics Challenge

JOIN US AT THE STATE FAIR AUGUST 22, 2015

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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
Challenges:

  • 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.

4-H Exclusive: Join Junior MANRRS

Join Junior MANRRS

Source: Mia Farrell, Christian County 4-H youth development agent

To maintain a safe food supply and protect our natural resources for future generations, America is going to need the best and brightest young people to solve some of the problems plaguing our world. 4-H youth development and the National Society of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences are both interested in building tomorrow’s thinkers and doers. It’s a natural progression for Kentucky county extension agents for 4-H youth development to offer a Junior MANRRS program.

Junior MANRRS is the national society’s pre-collegiate program that promotes future career pathways and educational opportunities in the fields of food, agriculture, environment and related sciences to young people.

Program participants are mentored by college MANRRS students and get to network with university faculty and industry professionals.

The goals of Junior MANRRS include increasing the number of undergraduates and graduate students studying agricultural sciences and related fields and building fellowship among students and college faculty, staff and administration.

The program encourages scholastic achievement among its members and works to enhance their skills in academics, research and leadership development through various projects.

Active Kentucky Junior MANRRS programs are available in Jefferson, Fayette, Daviess, Fulton, Franklin, Christian, McCracken and Scott counties. For more information on the program, contact the (COUNTY NAME) office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.

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

Communication is an important part of 4-H youth development

Source: Jennifer Tackett, 4-H youth development specialist

If you ask many 4-H alumni to name one of the most valuable life skills they learned during their 4-H careers, many would list the confidence gained through participating in communications projects. 4-H youth development strives to equip the young people with the knowledge and skills they need to become successful adults. Effective communication and public speaking skills are vital to tomorrow’s leaders.

Communications projects include activities such as speech and demonstration projects. In speech competitions, 4-H’ers research and present information on a topic of interest to them. In demonstration projects, they explain how to complete a specific task of their choosing. Through mock job interviews, senior 4-H’ers can gain skills that may one day land them their dream job.

Participation in speech and demonstration contests helps 4-H’ers master communication skills, become more independent, gain self-esteem and generously share their expertise. As they develop their projects, young people sharpen their critical thinking and organizational skills.

More than 300 of 4-H’s most effective communicators will showcase their public speaking abilities as they compete during the 4-H State Communications Day July 12 on the University of Kentucky campus. The event is sponsored by the Kentucky Corn Growers’ Association. Many of the participants have qualified for this day by winning either a speech or demonstration competition at the county level.

The following individuals will represent (COUNTY NAME) during the state 4-H Communications Day: AGENTS: YOU CAN LIST COUNTY PARTICIPANTS HERE.

4-H wants young people to be confident, whether they are speaking in front of a small group or a large auditorium. For more information on how your young person can become involved with 4-H communication projects, contact the (COUNTY NAME) office of the UK Cooperative Extension Service.

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

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