Source: Rachel Noble, 4-H youth development specialist:
COVID-19 has changed the way some 4-H programs are delivered, but it has not changed 4-H’s commitment to developing the leaders of tomorrow. With online opportunities, 4-H is meeting young people where they are and helping them gain the skills to become productive adults.
Kentucky 4-H is offering two virtual experiences each week, and any young person can participate. Kentucky 4-H state specialists have produced video lessons that are focused around traditional 4-H areas. Topics will rotate monthly. For example in November, young people can learn about leadership and citizenship, and in January, our youngest 4-H’ers can learn about Cloverbud opportunities. Many of the lessons offer hands-on opportunities for youth to complete projects. These projects require minimal materials that are commonly available in most homes. The goal is to guide 4-H members through project areas.
By participating in virtual 4-H activities, youth can take advantage of many of the aspects they have come to know and enjoy about 4-H. Clubs are still led by caring adults, and the online programs are designed to help young people develop a sense of independence, gain mastery over a particular skill and provide opportunities to give back to their communities. These opportunities also enhance topics that youth are learning in school and offer fun enrichment activities. These twice-weekly experiences will continue until at least July 2021.
Youth can view the videos on Kentucky 4-H’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/kentucky4h) and Instagram pages and YouTube channel @kentucky4h. Kentucky 4-H will offer specialized virtual programs at various times throughout the year.
In addition, Edmonson County 4-H will also offer virtual opportunities. A free Cloverbud Cooking Club for ages 8 and under will begin in November. You can sign up here ( https://bit.ly/35Jm3CZ). Additional virtual clubs will be offered based on community request. Online enrollment is open and available for any Edmonson County Youth. For more information about enrolling contact the Edmonson County Extension Office at 270-597-3628, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/edmonsoncountyextension.