Join us for some fun!  Vermont 4-H staff are offering programs on a broad variety of topics where youth can meet new friends and try new activities.

4-H Lights Up The Fall

4-H members are invited to submit photos of themselves and their project(s) to be added to a SPARK video.  Leaders may also submit photos of clubs and members.  Submission deadline is September 25.  Download the 4-H Lights Up The Fall flyer for more information.

4-H Speak Up Contest (grade 3-12)

Part of civic engagement, a key mission of the 4-H program, is helping young people use their voice to drive change in their communities. The 4-H Speak Up contest encourages youth to explore and share their thoughts and ideas. Enter a video for a chance to be heard! Contest ends November 30; prizes will be awarded to the winner in each age category. Learn more (Flyer, PDF) and register here. Additional resources: Tips and Tricks for a Winning Video (PDF) and How to Use Flipgrid and Create or Upload Your Video (PDF).

4-H World Changers, Grades 6-12

Vermont 4-H is joining forces with Ohio 4-H and UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences to offer a special program! Meet teens from other parts of the country; share your ideas and talk about where you live; learn to code and develop an important workforce skill; and build a website to take action on something that matters to you! Inspired by Girls Who Code, this program is designed for grades 6-12 youth who have an interest in STEM, coding, and making a positive impact in their community. Starts Thursday, October 15 and will run 6 sessions from 7-8 pm. View this flyer (PDF) to learn more, and sign up here!

Advanced Leadership Immersion, Grades 9-12

Everyone is called to lead. Whether it’s a project, a group, a business or a country, you will find yourself asked to step forward and lead many times throughout your life - and effective leadership is a learned set of skills. That’s why, this October, Vermont 4-H has partnered with the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont to offer the Advanced Leadership Immersion (ALI) to students looking to take their leadership to the next level. ALI will meet online the second weekend of every month from October through May for classes and leader chats, plus schedule their own discussion groups and social events. Tuition is “pay what you can." Application is required, opens September 1, and will remain open only until filled.  Visit https://giv.org/apply-fall/ for more information and registration.

Animal Scoops, Grades 3-5

September 2 (Swine), September 23 (Bees), October 7 (Llamas & Alpacas), October 21 (Whitetail Deer), November 4 (Wild Geese), November 18 (Turkeys) from 9-10:00 a.m.:  Join us for 6 interactive and enjoyable animal topic sessions. Activities include trivia, videos, books and recipes. We hope that you share what you know and hopefully learn something new. Check out this flyer to learn more!  To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Wendy Sorrell 3 weeks prior to the program, so we may assist you.  Pre-registration is required by Tuesday before each session; click here to register for Animal Scoops, and the link to join the Zoom meeting will be emailed to you.
 

Ask Big Questions – Career Exploration Through Informational Interviewing (grades 6-12)

October 15 – TV Producer, October 22 – Lawyer, October 29 – Veterinarian and Acupuncturist from 3:30-4:30p.m.
Join us as we sit down to chat with a variety of field professionals about their career and how they got there. With the knowledge you will gain from these conversations, you will have a better sense for how to get to where you want to be! You will have a chance to ask professionals what they like/dislike about their jobs, any surprises or secrets they might share, and more. Don't know what your question might be? We'll have some ready for you if you need them! Registration is required. Click here for registration. Once registered, you will receive an email with Zoom link information. Contact Molly McFaun with any questions or concerns. (Flyer, PDF)
 

Babysitting, Grades 5-8

Tuesdays, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Nov. 10 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.: The Youth Babysitting course is designed to help middle school and teenaged youth learn what it takes to be a responsible, caring, trustworthy, competent, capable, and safe babysitter. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Lindy Birch by October 6, 2020, so we may assist you. Pre-registration is required. Click here to register for Babysitting, and a Zoom link will be emailed to you no later than one day prior to the start of the program.

Cloverbuds Connect Challenge, Grades K-2

Cloverbud Connects Challenges are issued each Friday and are geared toward youth in grades K-2 (Flyer, PDF). Cloverbuds watch a video that demonstrates an activity and then we challenge you to do the same! Try that activity and record yourself in action and share it back! We're using a password protected system called Flipgrid, only open to those who want in! So don't delay! The first challenges are out and more are lined up and ready to go! Check out this video to learn more! If you're interested in participating, email kimberly.griffin@uvm.edu to sign up and get your access code! 

Cloverbud Connectors

Calling all teens and tweens (youth ages 10+)! In April, UVM 4-H launched Cloverbuds Connect (details above), short video challenges and activities for Cloverbuds (youth ages kindergarten-second grade). We are seeking teens who are interested in contributing to Cloverbuds Connect by creating short, educational, and inspiring videos of hands-on activities. Interested in becoming a Cloverbud Connector and joining the fun? Please tell us about yourself by clicking this link! If you have any questions about the program, email Kimberly Griffin at kimberly.griffin@uvm.edu or Lisa Muzzey at lisa.muzzey@uvm.edu. (Flyer, PDF)

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion for Teens, Grades 6-12

Tuesdays, Oct. 13, 20, 27 and Nov. 3, 4:00-5:00 p.m.:  This program is for civic minded teens who want to explore issues related to race and plan for action steps to move toward a more just society.  DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) activities will serve as the springboard for discussions.  4 initial sessions with potentially more if participants want to continue.  To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Rose Garritano by September 22, 2020 so we may assist you. Pre-registration is required. Click here to register for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Teens, and a Zoom link will be emailed to you no later than one day prior to the start of the program (Flyer, PDF)

Gardening & Nutrition, Grades 6-12

Tuesdays, Sept. 15,  Sept. 29,  Oct. 13,  Oct. 27,  Nov 10,  Nov 17, from 11:00 a.m.-Noon:  From garden to kitchen, explore fall harvesting and how to prepare and preserve your crops. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Liz Kenton three weeks prior to the program date you would like to attend, so we may assist you. Pre-registration is required. Click here to register for Gardening and Nutrition, and a Zoom link will be emailed to you no later than one day prior to the start of the program.

TRY for the Environment - Apply to be a Teen Teacher! (Grades 7-12, application required)

TRY stands for Teens Reaching Youth and is an environmental leadership opportunity for students in grades 7-12. It is an environmental education program taught by teens and designed to increase environmental literacy and responsibility in younger youth. TRY for the Environment connects young people to real-world environmental problems by allowing them to be key change agents contributing to real-world solutions. NEW for 2020-2021: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the TRY program will be limited to two content areas. Each content area will consist of three, 45 minute lessons that are designed to be delivered virtually - either when students are in the classroom or at home. As in past years, teens will be required to teach the lessons to two different groups of students. We will offer the TRY teaching opportunity to teens twice - Session 1 (January - March with training in December) and Session 2 (March - May with training in February). 10 teams will be accepted for each session - 5 teams in each content area. Learn more and apply: Flyer, PDF

Veterinary Science, Grades 9-12

Fridays, Oct. 16, 23, 30 and Nov. 6 and 13 , 4:00-5:00 p.m.:  Virtual Vet Science is for STEM savvy teens who want to learn about and explore aspects of veterinary medicine. Sessions will include anatomy and physiology basics and case studies to learn about diagnosis and treatment options. Participants will be expected to complete assignments between sessions.  To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Rose Garritano by September 25, 2020 so we may assist you. Pre-registration is required. Click here to register for Veterinary Science, and a Zoom link will be emailed to you no later than one day prior to the start of the program.

VTeen Science Exploration!, Grades 7-12

Join us every Wednesday afternoon from 3:30 - 4:45 pm at our weekly virtual teen science cafe where you will meet a scientist, learn about their work, explore different science pathways, engage in informal discussions and ask questions. Open to all youth in grades 7-12 in Vermont and beyond; runs September 16 through December 16, and resumes in January 2021. See the attached flyer with the schedule of topics (Flyer, PDF). View the cafe flyer for each topic and register on our Announcements page.  Watch recordings of previous teen science cafes here.

Youth Environmental Summit, Grades 6-12

The Youth Environmental Summit is a FREE annual event for students in grades 6-12 who want to learn about environmental issues and find ways to take action. We hope to inspire, encourage, and prepare youth for a life of environmental responsibility, service and leadership by increasing awareness and knowledge of environmental issues and fostering leadership skills.  NEW THIS YEAR! The Summit will run for 3 weeks with a kick off on Friday, October 30 and stay open until November 20. This allows you to attend when it works with your schedule! Using FlipGrid we have built a virtual community learning space to make sure the sharing, learning, and networking that usually happens at YES will still happen! Download the YES Flyer (PDF) and YES workshop descriptions (PDF, updated 9/8/20).  Register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020virtualYES.

Check out these opportunities from other states:

A curated list of fun and engaging programs availableto youth regardless of where you live.

Florida 4-H Adventures – Offering online programming in lots of topic areas and categorized by age of youth from Cloverbuds (ages 5-7) to teens!
New Jersey Virtual 4-H STEP Clubs – Short-Term Exploratory Programs (STEP) on a variety of topics.
Ohio 4-H STEM Pathways Challenges – Challenges that focus on using creativity and innovation to solve real world problems. Each challenge is paired with a 4- to 6-minute informational video for facilitators to engage youth through experiential learning.

Learn at Your Leisure

Have a plans already lined up and need something that is flexible or for times when boredom is calling? Check out these videos and activity sheets that provide fun no matter what time of day it is.

UVM 4-H Youtube - Did you miss a program? Catch recordings on our online programs here.
National 4-H at Home Resources
Learn at Home: Educational Resources to Use During School Closures – Our friends from UMaine Extension have put together some fun videos on a variety of topics.
Inspire Kids to Do at Home Activities – PennState Extension offers in-home activities that nurture growth and development. The activities available in this program span a wide range of topics and provide a glimpse into the variety of projects and programs offered in 4-H. These activities encourage self-guided learning, creativity, and problem solving.
4-H History Books/Project Books – Record this unique and interesting moment in time with these journal templates.
       Cloverbud History Journal (PDF)
       Cloverbud History Journal (Word Doc)

Livestock Activity Sheets

Dairy

Dairy Activity Sheets

Dairy Activity Sheet Answers

Dog

Horse

Goat

Rabbit

Sheep

Working Steer

 

Volunteer Events & Resources

A lot has changed in the past few months but one thing that has not changed is our appreciation for our volunteers. We know that the task of engaging youth in 4-H is more challenging than ever. Here is a list of resources to support you as you continue to find ways to connect and offer programming to youth in 4-H.

Askable Adult Training

Fall Session #1 - September 21 & 23 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. - Register for Fall Session #1
Fall Session #2 - October 26 & 28 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. - Register for Fall Session #2
Fall Session #3 - November 16 & 18 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. - Register for Fall Session #3
 
This training is designed for adults who are interested in becoming more “askable” and supportive for the children and youth in their lives. Join this training if you are seeking to enhance skills that will enable you to have strong, trusting, and affirming relationships, communicate more effectively, strengthen connections, and be a valuable resource for the young people in your life.  To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Allison Smith at 802-651-8343 or 800-571-0668 at least three weeks prior to the start of your session so we may assist you. (Flyer, PDF)
 

4-H Volunteer Workshops
Join other volunteers from around the state in this series of monthly workshops led by Allison Smith, 4-H Youth Learning Experiences Coordinator. Topics range from creating fun and welcoming virtual spaces for youth to club financial management to robotics! Check out the flyer for details on topics offered. These workshops will be opportunities to stay connected with other volunteers, get your questions answered, and get some tricks to help you navigate 4-H more easily. You can register for the workshops that you wish to attend here.

Virtual Meeting Best Practices – A quick rundown of practices to keep your online meetings safe and a list of tech platforms that you can use to meet virtually.
4-H Volunteers Can Go Virtual! – Tip sheets and videos offered by The University of Maine on running and hosting virtual meetings.
Virtual 4-H Quarantine Professional Development – Umaine Extension is offering sessions for volunteers to explore a variety of topics from social emotional learning, creative problem solving, and making and tinkering.
V3: Virginia Virtual Volunteer Conference Resources – Online recordings from the April 25 conference, covering topics from livestock project areas to how adapt your club programming for online delivery.