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Tri-State 4-H Growth and Expansion Retreat 2007

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Tri-State 4-H Growth and Expansion Retreat 2007

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  1. Tri-State 4-H Growth and Expansion Retreat 2007 The Wisconsin Puzzle Piece

  2. WISCONSIN QUIZ • How can you use your hand to understand the geographical layout of Wisconsin? • What is the State Motto: • Forward • Go Pack Go • On, Wisconsin!

  3. 3. What is the State Bird of Wisconsin • The Badger • The Cheese Head • The Flying DairyCowBird • The Robin • Midwest Express

  4. 4. What is the State Plant? • Corn • Wood Violet • Sugar Maple Tree • 4-H Clover

  5. 4-H Youth Development Mission UW-Extension 4-H Youth Development integrates research, education and community-based partnerships, enabling youth to learn and practice skills to be productive citizens

  6. 4-H Youth Development Vision 4-H Youth Development: A Catalyst for Positive Community Youth Development

  7. 4-H Clubs: Fundamental Model for Youth Programs • Skill Development • Sustained Adult-Youth Relationships • Public Youth Contributions

  8. 4-H Community Club Membership • 51,000 enrolled • 37,000 youth • Grades 1-13 • Female - 60%, Male - 40% • 83% reside on farms & cities <10,000 • 14,000 adult volunteers • Female – 70%, Male – 30% • Criminal background checks required • Youth development & child protection training required

  9. 4-H Community Club Trends • 37,000 youth • 6,300 new students (youth members) per year (2001-2005) • Half of the new members joining 4-H in 2001 were still enrolled in 2005 • 11,000 or 30% of 4-H youth members had 6-12 years of continuous enrollment (2005)

  10. 4-H Community Club Leadership • 14,000 adult leaders 5,000 youth leaders • 2,000 new 4-H adult volunteer leaders enroll annually • 7,000 4-H adult leaders (50%) have served six or more years with 4-H • Youth and adults working in partnership

  11. 4-H Community Clubs • 2,000 clubs statewide • Meet monthly, all year • Multi-aged, volunteer-led, youth-directed • Club size – 5 to 150 youth • Community service projects – 5 per year • Vehicle for generating social capital • Laboratory for using democratic skills

  12. Evaluation of Impact • Camp Counselor Study • Animal Science Evaluation • Arts and Communication Evaluation • http://www.uwex.edu/ces/4h/educators/index.cfm

  13. 4-H Youth Development Personnel • State • Faculty - 8 • Extension 7.0 FTE (3 PhDs) • UW-Madison 1.0 FTE (2 PhDs) • Academic Staff - 6 • Extension 3.5 FTE • Upham Woods 2.0 FTE • UW-Superior 0.5 FTE • Classified Staff – 5.5

  14. 4-H Youth Development Personnel • County – 78 (72 counties) • Faculty – 63 FTE (all Masters Degreed) • Academic Staff – 15 FTE

  15. County Staff Roles • Educational Administrator • Educator/Teacher • Volunteer Manager • Educational Coach • External Relations • Youth Development Advocate 4-H Community Club Program

  16. County Staff Roles Community Youth Development • Partner with other youth-serving organizations • Community coalitions • Technical resource • Catalyst for innovation around youth environments & opportunities • Advocate for youth engagement

  17. 4-H Community Club Initiatives • Strengthening the 4-H Club Work Team • Grow 4-H Initiative

  18. Strengthening 4-H Clubs Outcomes • “4-H Community Club Central” Website Resources for staff and volunteers, including Starting New Clubs, Club Meetings, Leadership, Money Matters, Promotions and Volunteers • Developed over 26 Lesson Plans and 7 Tools • Conducted multiple regional trainings for youth and adult leaders

  19. Strengthening 4-H Clubs Focus • Starting 4-H Clubs • Training and Support for Youth and Adult 4-H Club Volunteer Leaders • Club Management and Organization • Club Effectiveness • Strengthening the 4-H Club Experience • Addressing Member Retention Issues

  20. Grow 4-H • Began as Urban Initiative in 6 Western Counties • Expanded to Rural Areas in 2 Counties in 2006 • Supported through District Innovative Grant and National 4-H Council Grant

  21. Grow 4-H Outcomes • Visibility of 4-H Opportunities Increasing • Targeting Specific Communities and Community Partners Is Important • Engaging Volunteers is Needed • Starting New Clubs is Difficult Work • Additional Staffing is Essential • Processing Lessons Learned is Critical

  22. Thank You Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development