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Title: 4H Afterschool Initiative Extraordinary Learning Opportunities


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4-H Afterschool InitiativeExtraordinary Learning
Opportunities!
South Dakota State University College of
Agriculture Biological Sciences Cooperative
Extension Service
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4-H Afterschool Initiative
  • What is 4-H Afterschool?
  • 4-H, Cooperative Extension and
  • community-based organizations
  • working together
  • to offer quality programming
  • for school-aged youth
  • during their out of school time.

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Agriculture Biological Sciences Cooperative
Extension Service
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4-H Afterschool Initiative
  • South Dakota is a participating state in this
    national initiative
  • National 4-H Council CSREES, USDA
  • Partial funding through the JCPenney Afterschool
    Fund
  • Hours of Opportunity March 2003
  • National Roll-out Conference April 2003
  • South Dakotas training for Youth Development/4-H
    Educators Sept. 2003

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Agriculture Biological Sciences Cooperative
Extension Service
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Goals of 4-H Afterschool
  • Children and Youth
  • To provide educational programs for youth not
    currently served by Extension
  • To provide positive learning environments
  • To promote youth leadership
  • To increase childrens social skills
  • Community Organizations
  • To form partnerships with the directors and staff
    of existing after school programs
  • To provide training on positive youth development
    principles for after school staff and volunteers

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Agriculture Biological Sciences Cooperative
Extension Service
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Role of Youth Development/4-H Educators
  • YD/4-H Educators are currently
  • Providing youth development training, curriculum
    resources, and technical assistance to staff
  • Serving on boards of after school programs
  • Assisting in writing grant proposals
  • Recruiting teen and adult volunteers

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Agriculture Biological Sciences Cooperative
Extension Service
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After School Environment
  • National Afterschool Association (NAA)
  • Standards for Quality School-Age Care
  • Nine Critical Elements identified by 4-H
  • 1. Positive relationship with a caring adults
  • 2. Safe environment, physically emotionally
  • 3. Opportunity to master skills content
  • 4. Opportunity to be an active, engaged learner

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Agriculture Biological Sciences Cooperative
Extension Service
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After School Environment
  • Nine Critical Elements identified by 4-H
  • 5. Opportunity to value service to others
  • 6. Opportunity to practice service for others
  • 7. Opportunity for self-determination
  • 8. An inclusive environment
  • 9. Able to see ones self as an active
    participant in the future

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Agriculture Biological Sciences Cooperative
Extension Service
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4-H Afterschool Collaborations
  • Educators met with representatives of 60 after
    school programs and established partnerships with
    more than half of these programs/locations, which
    resulted in the formation of 40 4-H
    Afterschool clubs
  • Ongoing collaboration with Sisseton- Wahpeton
    Extension Coordinator

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Agriculture Biological Sciences Cooperative
Extension Service
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Statewide 4-H Afterschool Collaborations
  • South Dakota Office of Child Care Services
  • Boys Girls Clubs
  • YMCAs
  • Single and multiple-site after school programs in
    rural and urban communities
  • South Dakota School Age Care Alliance

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Agriculture Biological Sciences Cooperative
Extension Service
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4-H Afterschool IDEAS Grant Collaborators
  • The Source, Boys Girls Club, Sisseton
  • Tiospa Zina Boys Girls Club
  • Enemy Swim Elementary School After School Program
  • Westside (Elementary) After School Program,
    Sisseton
  • Department of Visual Arts, South Dakota State
    University

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Agriculture Biological Sciences Cooperative
Extension Service
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Example of One-Hour Session
  • Youth arrive after school and check-in
  • If nice weather, youth go outside and play
    organized game for 10 minutes
  • Nutritious snacks available
  • Bring meeting to order, recite pledges
  • Begin learning activity, e.g., investigate
    different types of vegetable seeds
  • Create an artistic collage, using a variety of
    seeds and other media

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Agriculture Biological Sciences Cooperative
Extension Service
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South Dakota 4-H Afterschool 2003-04
  • In May 2004, YD/4-H Educators reported
  • Formation of 40 4-H Afterschool groups/clubs
  • Membership of 995 youth in 4-H Afterschool
  • Participation of 65 after-school staff members
  • Participation of 67 teen and adult volunteers

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Agriculture Biological Sciences Cooperative
Extension Service
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4-H Afterschool Resources
  • USDA grant partially funded state-wide Educator
    training and curricula resources
  • JCPenney Afterschool Fund partially funded
    train-the-trainer roll-out conference
  • South Dakota received one of 15 grants from
    JCPenney Afterschool Fund to develop 4-H
    Afterschool in Roberts County in cooperation with
    Sisseton-Wahpeton Community College, a 1994
    institution.

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Agriculture Biological Sciences Cooperative
Extension Service
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4-H Afterschool Educational Resources
  • 4-H Cooperative Curriculum System youth
    activity guides on many topics available through
    www.n4hccs.org
  • 4-H Afterschool in a Box, CSREES, USDA and
    National 4-H Council
  • Adventures in Learning, North Carolina CES
  • Cloverbuds, Series I II, The Ohio State
    University Extension
  • Wonderwise Women in Science, University of
    Nebraska State Museum and Nebraska 4-H

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Agriculture Biological Sciences Cooperative
Extension Service
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Lights On Afterschool!
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Agriculture Biological Sciences Cooperative
Extension Service
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JCPenney Afterschool Fund
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Agriculture Biological Sciences Cooperative
Extension Service
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Summary
  • YD/4-H Educators have formed partnerships with
    after-school providers
  • Extension is providing youth development training
    especially for smaller programs and those with
    frequent staff turnover
  • Formation of 40 clubs with 1000 members
  • Over 130 teens and adults have a better
    understanding of developmental needs of youth and
    positive learning environments

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Agriculture Biological Sciences Cooperative
Extension Service
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Afterschool Websites
  • www.4hafterschool.org
  • www.fourhcouncil.edu
  • www.jcpenneyafterschool.org
  • www.afterschoolalliance.org
  • www.4h.sdstate.edu
  • www.4husa.org

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Agriculture Biological Sciences Cooperative
Extension Service
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Acknowledgements
  • This presentation was delivered to the South
    Dakota State Extension Advisory Board on
    September 13, 2004 in Brookings
  • Prepared by
  • Marilyn F. Rasmussen, Ph.D.
  • Carolyn Clague, Ed.D.

Issued in furtherance of Cooperative
Extension Work, Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914,
in cooperation with USDA. Gerald W. Warmann,
Director of the South Dakota Cooperative
Extension Service, South Dakota State University,
Brookings. South Dakota State University is an
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
(Male/Female) and offers all benefits, services,
education, and employment opportunities without
regard for ancestry, age, race, citizenship,
color, creed, religion, gender, disability,
national origin, sexual preference, or Vietnam
Era veteran status.
South Dakota State University College of
Agriculture Biological Sciences Cooperative
Extension Service
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