Iowa State University Extension, Greene County
4-H Youth Development Program Fee
Information (except Enrollment Fee Breakdown) from Iowa 4-H Office
Greene County Notes in Red
2009/10 Enrollment Fee Breakdown for Greene County 4-Hers…
State 4-H Annual Program Development Fee ($10 raise from 2008/09—please see information below) $30
Greene County 4-H Program Development Fee (no change) $ 5
Enrollment Fee Subtotal $35
Gift from Rueter’s Red Power of Grand Junction - $ 5
Gift from Greene County Environmental Habitat Corporation - $ 5
Gift from Heartland Co-op in Rippey - $ 5
Gift from Hawn Family Farms (NEW this year!) - $ 5
Gift Subtotal - $20
Enrollment Fee Actually Paid by Greene County 4-Hers ONLY $15!!
Increase current $20 per youth program fee to $30 per youth.
Greene County also charges an additional $5 county fee to help cover the costs of accounting, enrollment, and
accident insurance. In the past, there are three companies/organizations that have donated $5/youth towards
each child’s enrollment fee. This year, we have FOUR donors! For the breakdown of what you’ll pay for 4-H in
Greene County this year, see above.
Why The Fee Is Raised:
Estimated FY2010 budget cut as of April 30 budget planning: $327,658.
The budget and revenue projections from the State Capital are pointing to lower revenues than the
budget was based on, with the potential for a mid-year reversion similar to last year’s (assessed in
November 2008 and March 2009). The program development fee is our only buffer against these
reversions—without it we may have to plan ahead for mid-year lay-offs.
$150,000 in stimulus funds will not be available after FY 2010.
$150,000 from the Iowa 4-H Foundation was approved as one year funding to help the program “bridge
the gap” in the current budget crisis. While the board may be receptive to helping with additional
funding in the future, we cannot assume that those funds will be available at that level beyond this year.
Furthermore, the Foundation is on record as strongly encouraging the program to do more to “pay for
Statements from Iowa Legislators indicate the FY2011 budget cuts could be up to 15%. If these
projections are correct, 4-H could look at an additional $400,000 or more in cuts.
We believe in access for all. No child will be denied access to 4-H based on his or her ability to
pay. Funding will be provided to cover the cost for those who are unable to pay, through county
extension programs or the Iowa 4-H Foundation.
As Iowa State University Extension reorganizes on campus and throughout the state, one thing that
won’t change is 4-H Youth Development’s commitment to involving caring adults in the lives of Iowa
Iowa 4-H provides extraordinary learning experiences for youth to reach their full potential.
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Why 4-H Is Worth It!:
The Iowa 4-H youth development program creates opportunities for young people in all communities to
become great leaders, great citizens, and great communicators.
4-H is a strong network of caring adults, who work alongside our youth, engaging them in meaningful
opportunities and activities that build upon their strengths.
4-H is a powerful vehicle for helping kids develop competence, confidence, character and compassion
for others as evidenced by research (Tallman, 2009 and Learner, 2008).
The 4-H promise to Kids and Parents is:
4. Great trips and events
5. A safe place to learn and do new things
6. Leadership, citizenship, and communication skills
7. Service opportunities
8. Scholarship opportunities
9. Adults who care
10. Hands-on experiences.
The $30 Per Youth Program Fee Will Support…
24,000 youth with opportunities to develop their interests in topics from astronomy to wildlife in club
87,000 youth in short term experiences on a variety of topics, with the opportunity for them to join in
long-term activities in club environments.
Hands-on real life experiences for youth.
More than 11,000 youth and adult volunteers who give their time to keep the 4-H program alive and
strong in Iowa.
County and Regional Youth Staff with resources (training and materials) to help the local program
Innovative clubs and activities (such as SESS, cooking clubs, Stitch This, online clubs, and others).
Volunteer and Judges Training using new technologies.
Groups of volunteers, staff and adults with the planning and implementation of statewide events and
County staff with orientation, training and possible supervision.
Youth leadership empowerment activities.
Research based information to the local community on youth development and youth issues.
User friendly web-pages for youth and volunteers.
Regional and statewide partnership development that will enhance local youth programming.
Opportunities for leadership development and practice.
Training for adults on how to work with youth as partners.
Regional and State programs.
We believe in access for all.
No child will be denied access to 4-H programs based on his or her ability to pay.
Funding will be found to cover the cost for those who are unable to pay, be it through the county extension program
or the Iowa 4-H Foundation.
The 4-H program fee is an investment in our young people.