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 World Changers: Learn to Code (grades 5-12, registration required)

Have you ever wanted to learn how to program your own game? Well, here's your chance! In this new 4-H World Changers series, you will learn to program a collecting game using p5.js, a JavaScript library created especially for artists and designers. (Flyer, PDF) Register here.

Babysitting, Grades 5-8

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. There will be courses offered in February, March, and April. Please visit our Announcements page for dates and registrations. 

Bovine Bonanza (formally Dairy Challenge)

The 4-H Bovine Bonanza challenges the youth on their bovine knowledge. Some of the challenges have included but are not limited to: feed identification, weights & measures, meat cuts, tool identification, judging, diseases, cheese tasting, parts of the stomach, parts of the cow and breeds. This year we are going virtual. Members 8 to 18 may participate in this virtual event.  Pre-registration is required by going to the link in the flyer.  Information packets will be emailed on February 22 and those participating will have until February 26 to return their answer sheets. Flyer (PDF), register here.

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)

Northeast 4-H Teen Virtual Meet & Greet (ages 12+)

On February 4th from 7-8pm, come mingle with 4-H teens across the northeast. Play games and enjoy some good conversation! Open to youth ages 12+. Flyer, PDFRegister here

Teen Time: Designing Your Future

Join us for this fun and engaging series as you shape your future. This is a three-part series: February 3: Identifying Your Career Interests, February 10: Showcasing Essential Skills, February 17: Navigating Your Own Career Path (Flyer, PDF) Register here.

Teen Time: Shaping Your Future, National 4-H Conference (grades 9-12, application required)

National 4 H Conference is the pinnacle experience in 4 H Civic Engagement, providing the opportunity for young people to connect, learn, engage, lead and impact their communities, their nation and their world. Application deadline is February 10, 2021; Vermont 4-H will be offering a full scholarship ($325) to 8 Vermont teens to participate! This is a virtual conference. Learn more about this opportunity and where to apply on our "Announcements" page.

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.

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; the Fall Series runs from September 16 - December 16. The Winter Series will run from January 13 - March 17.  See the attached flyer with the schedule of topics for the Winter Series. (Flyer, PDF). View the cafe flyer for each topic and register on our Announcements page.  Watch recordings of previous teen science cafes here.

 

 

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.

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.