4-H turning obstacles into opportunities

Column by Faith Martin
Posted 4/7/20

While we are all adjusting to a new and different way of life, members of the Jeffco 4-H youth development program are using this challenging situation to practice several life skills taught by the …

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4-H turning obstacles into opportunities

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While we are all adjusting to a new and different way of life, members of the Jeffco 4-H youth development program are using this challenging situation to practice several life skills taught by the program. The four-leaf clover symbol represents Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. Each one of the 4 groups encompass many qualities, such as leadership, teamwork, self-motivation, communication, productivity, community service, relation to others, and making healthy choices. 4-H youth are using this time as an opportunity to embrace in these skills.

Although all of our face-to-face gatherings are cancelled or postponed, we have the opportunity to use problem solving skills to find alternate solutions to reach out to new members, hold regular meetings, learn, and fundraise. Our weekly “Lifeline” newsletter has valuable informative information about 4-H related activities and resources for talking about Covid-19. 4-H is launching a peer buddy program for new members to be mentored by experienced members of similar project interests. This gives all members a chance to work on their project(s) but to also work on leadership, social skills, and concern for others. As always, all of our dedicated project leaders are still available for questions and meetings are being held via phone or video format. Required Hunter Safety and MQA (meat quality assurance) training are moving to an online format and our annual Public Speaking contest will be virtual this year as well.

Some of our important fundraising looks a little different this year, too. Jefferson County Livestock Council has partnered with the online fundraiser “Fun Pasta,” to earn money for Grand Champion belt buckles and Reserve Grand Champion jacket awards that are all purchased locally. Our largest annual fundraiser, Barn Dance, which raises money to pay fairground use fees, has been postponed, however, we are still accepting sponsorships. We appreciate all the financial support through this time.

Many 4-H youth have livestock and horses at locations other than their homes. Taking care of animals is considered essential and this means kids can still love, take care of, and train their 4-H projects while practicing community concern through social distancing.

Responsible citizenship, resilience, problem solving, relationships, and self-responsibility are some of the many character qualities that 4-H members develop in the program. The opportunity has arrived for us to see how vital these skills are during large, real world situations.

For more information on how 4-H is handling COVID-19, are interested in sponsorships, or to become a member of 4-H, visit https://Jeffco.extention.colorado.colostate.edu/4-H/ or call the Extension Office at 303-271-6649. To order Fun Pasta delivered right to your door, please visit www.FunPastaFundraising.com, click “Support your group” and search for Jeffco 4-H. Thank-you!

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