4-H activities are designed for learning by doing, and they are also designed to be fun!
You may think 4-H is for children who live on farms. That was true in the past, but now there are 4-H clubs in every part of the country - in rural areas, in suburban neighborhoods and in cities! Boys and girls join 4-H because it provides opportunities to work and play with friends, to learn and do interesting things and to develop skills they will use for the rest of their lives.
Step 1: Getting Started - Contact the Prince William County 4-H Office. Tell us your interest in 4-H and your needs. You will be invited to come to the 4-H office to talk about 4-H possibilities and the leader training process. Attend leader training - two, two-hour sessions.
Step 2: Tell the 4-H Story! - Tell families in your community about 4-H - you might hold an informational meeting with help from the 4-H staff. Tell of the opportunities available through 4-H. Explain how a 4-H club operates. Use 4-H materials to educate. You can get these from the 4-H office.
Step 3: Create a Strong Support Base - Recruit adult volunteers and teens to help organize the 4-H club. Ask people directly to take specific jobs in the club. Explain the roles of adult volunteers: Organizational Leaders, Assistant Leaders, Project Leaders, Activity Leaders.
Step 4: Conduct a4-H Club - Organizational Meetings Get your club started right! Encourage members to select a club name. Establish meeting times and place. Complete enrollment forms. Develop a club annual plan. Organize project groups. Discuss club rules. Elect club officers. Form committees.
Step 5: Keeping the Club Strong! - Get to know all 4-H curriculum possibilities for your project areas. Conduct regular organizational and project meetings. Establish good youth-adult partnerships. Allow youth to make decisions. Establish a good communication network with club members and families. Share information about current 4-H opportunities and events Involve club members in county, district, state, national and international 4-H activities. Recognize achievement. Building community relations. Seek and receive support from 4-H staff and other 4-H leaders.
4-H All Stars is an honor/service organization. Membership in 4-H All Stars is the highest recognition that a Virginia 4-H'er can achieve. Virginia 4-H All Stars is service oriented, and volunteer operated.
The All Star's goal is to contribute to positive youth development through "service" to the 4-H program of which they are a part. The 4-H program becomes the springboard from which an All Star jumps to other areas of service to people throughout his/her lifetime. The 4-H All Star organization strives for a cooperative effort with the 4-H program in all areas.
Joanne Guhl Scholarship
Joanne Guhl was a member of the Boots and Saddles 4-H Club who passed away in1984. Her parents honor her memory by awarding a college scholarship to a 4-Her. Applicants must be enrolled the Prince William County 4-H program and must have been accepted at an institution of higher learning. Preference is given to 4-Hers pursuing a career in animal science. Applications are due in May each year.
Bernard Malo Scholarship
Bernard Malo was a past leader of the Trigger Time 4-H Shooting Education Club. Bernie, a 4-H All Star, was active at the local, district, and state level and gave much to the youth of Virginia. His family, who are all 4-H’ers and friends, started a scholarship fund to honor his memory. Trigger Time 4-H Club members have continued to help this scholarship fund grow. This scholarship is for higher education for those entering as a freshman into any four-year college, community college or vocational school. Trigger Time member applicants are given first consideration. The amount of scholarship may vary from year to year. Applications are due in May of each year.
All Around 4-H Member Award and All Around 4-H Volunteer Award
The All Around 4-H Member and All Around 4-H Volunteer Awards were created to recognize individuals who demonstrate exemplary service to Prince William 4-H through participation in program planning, development, and implementation at the club level and beyond. This yearly award will be given to individuals who strengthen local 4-H clubs and county 4-H by encouraging and promoting youth members and volunteers, helping to recruit new members and leaders, and through leadership responsibility while promoting service through volunteerism.
4-H Virginia Cooperative Extension
8033 Ashton Ave. Suite 105
Manassas VA 20109
703-792-6286 [email protected]
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