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					Health & Nutrition and 4-H
     A Powerful Connection




   Increasing the Accessibility of the
4-H Club Experience for Minnesota Youth
      Through Health and Nutrition Clubs
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                            Brought To You By

          The Extension 4Health Team

•   Kim Asche Co-Chair           REE, Health and Nutrition
•   Donna Geiser Co-Chair        REE, 4-H Youth Development
•   Sarah VanOfflen              REE, Health and Nutrition
•   Theresa Witte                REE, 4-H Youth Development
•   Julie Schmidt                REE, 4-H Youth Development
•   DeeAnn Leines                REE, Health and Nutrition
•   Marla Reicks                 PhD, College of Food Science &Nutrition
•   Carrie Olson                 REE, 4-H Youth Development
•   Janet Beyer                  REE, Community Youth Development
•   Ellie McCann                 Family Relations Specialist



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       A Formidable Force


• 30 4-H REEs
• 11 Health &
  Nutrition REEs
• 95 4-H PCs
• 110 NEAs



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   Why Health & Nutrition Focused
            4-H Clubs?
• Childhood obesity and the rise in type 2 diabetes is a
  national epidemic
• NEP staff have access to young people who are often
  under represented in 4-H programs
• Research reveals that involvement in 4-H has a positive
  impact on kids
• NEA staff are already working with small groups that
  could in many cases be transitioned in 4-H Clubs
• A number of successful NEP/4-H collaborative models
  currently exist that can be enhanced and/or replicated


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           Why Health and Nutrition
               Clubs Cont…?
 • MN has a very high percentage of parents working
   outside the home and the highest percentage of youth
   in self care
 • How kids spend their free time is a more powerful
   predictor of risk behavior than race, income or family
   structure
 • Juvenile crime & victimization peak from 2-8 pm
 • Existing out of school programs meet <25% of
   demand
4-H Health and Nutrition Clubs can fill an immediate and
                urgent gap in services!               5
          Research on MN Youth
                Reveals…

Youth involved in 4-H Clubs are less likely to:
• Spend 6+ hours watching/playing TV or video
  games
• Have stolen things
• Have damaged property
• Smoked cigarettes
• Consumed alcohol
• Have ridden in a car where the driver was
  drinking                                        6
              MN 4-H Goal

• Double the number of youth involved in
  4-H Clubs by the year 2010
   – From 26,000 to 52,000

By:
• Making Clubs better
   – More appealing to a broader
     audience
   – More accessible
   – More consistent in quality

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• Name and Support 4 Club Structures or “Types”
   –   4-H Community Clubs
   –   4-H Afterschool Clubs
   –   4-H Project Clubs
   –   4-H Site Based Clubs

• Work Toward Consistent Quality and Delivery
   – Reduce variation/improve quality of club experience

• Invest in Training of Staff and Volunteers

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              4-H Community Clubs

• Typically forms when         Parents/guardians serve as
  a group of families              volunteer leaders
                                Meet evenings and/or
  who may know each                    weekends
  other, and/or live in the       4-H Community Club
  same proximity, come
                               Members explore variety of
  together to form a 4-H           projects/activities
  Club in their                 Often referred to as the
                              “Traditional” club structure
  community.

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            4-H Project Clubs

• Project Clubs are
                             Leaders are typically volunteers
  formed around, and              but may be paid staff
  focused on, a particular   Youth drawn to join because
                               of specific area of interest
  4-H Project Area, (i.e.
  horse club, aerospace             4-H Project Club

  club, computer club,         Generally meet evenings/
  clowning club, shooting              weekends
                             Building and progression of
  sports club)               project area skills is major
                              focus of club meetings and
                                       activities

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         4-H Afterschool Clubs

• A 4-H Club                    Typically Led by paid staff
                                  Often in partnership with
  experience offered in   school/community sponsored after school
  the after school                        program

  hours. Clubs                   4-H Afterschool Club
  typically meet
                              Often meet in school building
  weekly or monthly           immediately following school
  throughout the school       parent involvement more limited
  year.                   Can be cross-age but often focused on
                                  particular age group



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                4-H Site Based Clubs

• A 4-H Club experience
  designed to reach youth   Often facilitated by paid staff
  in communities where      Barriers to membership reduced
  they live (i.e. public     (i.e. transportation, financial,
                                   parent involvement)
  housing site, mobile
  home park,                      Site Based 4-H Club
  neighborhood
  community center or           Program often very diverse,
                            reflecting culture, flavor and needs
  other host location).       of the community in which it’s
                                        members live
                             Typically meets weekly throughout
                               the year at same place/location


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What Club Is It ?




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                Much In Common

Club structures are flexible
sharing many similarities:        Community             Project
                                                         Clubs
                                    Clubs
•Community Clubs can meet
after school
•After school Clubs can
focus on a project area          After School
                                    Clubs
                                                       Site Based
                                                         Clubs
•A Site Based Club can meet
in the after school hours
•Parents/guardians can
organize and lead 4-H            The “Key Elements” of Quality Youth
                               Development are central to the experience in
Afterschool Clubs                        all 4 club structures

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                Keys to Quality
               Youth Development
•Youth Feel Physically and Emotionally Safe
•Youth Experience Belonging and Ownership
•Youth Develop Self-Worth Through Meaningful Contribution
•Youth Discover Self
•Youth Develop Quality Relationships with Peers and Adults
•Youth Discuss Conflicting Values and Form Their Own
•Youth Feel the Pride and Accountability Comes with Mastery
•Youth Expand Their Capacity to Enjoy Life and Know that
 Success is Possible
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MN 4-H Chartering Process




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       MN 4-H Chartering Process

• Intentionally incorporates and brings focus to
  the Keys to Quality Youth Development
• Is a written agreement signifying a groups
  commitment to providing a quality small group
  learning environment for their members
• Every MN 4-H Club/Group will recommit
  annually by submitting application for Charter
  renewal.
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    A Quality Small Group Learning
            Environment…
•   Encourages and gives members a chance to be an active part of the planning,
    leadership and decision making process for meetings, events and activities
•   Values and respects the voices of all
•   Provides every member an opportunity for public demonstration of their
    learning
•   Connects members with the community through service
•   Encourages the development of positive relationships with peers and adults
•   Plans opportunities for members to reflect on their learning
•   Provides a welcoming environment that ensures equal opportunity and access
    for all youth
•   Celebrates member and group achievements
•   Challenges youth to establish and meet individual goals
•   Provides an environment that is physically and emotionally safe


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       Charter Outlines Expectations of
           MN 4-H Clubs/Groups

• Intentionally plan and implement the afore mentioned
  elements of a quality 4-H small group learning environment
• Ensure that adults who work with the group are screened and
  officially accepted as MN 4-H Volunteers before
  unsupervised access to any youth and/or vulnerable adult
  (rule: 1 adult for every 10 youth present)
• Be accountable for all monies raised and dispersed by the
  group and following all financial guidelines and reporting
  procedures of the Minnesota 4-H Youth Development
  Program
• Maintain a membership level that is conducive to group
  learning (guide: minimum of 3 families & 6 members)
• Commit to gather six or more times during the year
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           Includes Quality Assessment

• Making 4-H Youth Programs Better Survey
  • A component of the Charter Renewal process
  • Used by group leaders to gauge how they’re doing in their
    effort to provide the optimal environment for members to
    learn and develop
  • Provides 4-H and NEP staff with a sense of how the group is
    doing and what kind of training and support is needed
  • Other evaluation tools and processes measuring knowledge,
    skill and attitudinal change in relation to Health and Nutrition
    would need to be utilized as well

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       How Does A MN 4-H Group
          Become Chartered?

• Group leader receives application along with
  orientation on the process (paid staff and/or
  volunteers can serve as group leader)
• Leader(s) meets with the group to ensure an
  understanding of and commitment to expectations
• Completed application and accompanying forms
  turned into county or regional office
• Official Charter sent to approved groups

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                 MN Charter
              Application Checklist
Items due to Regional Office with the Groups
   Charter/Charter Renewal Application:

 Groups Plan of Work (needn’t be overly detailed,
  include goals/plans and youth voice in the process)
 4-H Group Financial Report (Only when applying for
  renewal and if the group has an account or assets in the
  name of 4-H)
 Making 4-H Youth Programs Better Survey (Not due
  with initial application but upon application for charter
  renewal)
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         Enrollment Options
• Young person completes 4-H Enrollment Form
  – Provides address, contact info, is signed by the parent
  – Preferable method as more information on the member
    allows for more direct and consistent communication of
    4-H opportunities
• My Programs Group Enrollment
  – Enroll participants as a group through scheduling of an
    After School or Site Based 4-H group experience
  – Need only Zip Code, Gender, Residence, Ethnicity and
    Grade information

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We need YOU…
      • To make starting and
        supporting 4-H health
        and nutrition focused
        clubs a priority
      • Our success hinges on
        county and regional
        4-H and NEP staff
        working together for
        healthier kids
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