Upcoming Events and Deadlines

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.

Cloverbuds Connect Challenges (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 challenge is out and the second one is 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 an access code!

Once you’re in, look for the videos with the yellow star in the top corner – those are the instructional videos and the others are responses. At the top of the screen, just underneath the picture of the kids and the header, on the right side, you’ll see a number the word “Topics” with a down arrow. That number indicates how many different challenges there are and you can get to them by clicking on the arrow.

Feel free to either respond to the videos by clicking on the green response button inside the video you are watching OR you can click on the green button with a plus to add your own video. You can add your own video by then clicking on the white circle with a red camera OR by clicking on the white upload button next to the circle, if you want or record a video using your phone or other device and upload to flipgrid.

4-H Volunteer Workshops (registration required)

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.

Animal Scoops (grades 3-5, registration required)

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. Appropriate for ages 8-18. 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. Just click on the following link by the Tuesday before each session and the link to join the Zoom meeting will be emailed to you.

Askable Adult Training (registration required)

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)

VTeen Science Exploration! (grades 7-12, registration required)

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; starts September 16 - December 16 and then resume in January 2021. See the attached flyer with the schedule of topics (Flyer, PDF).  TOPICS TO BE EXPLORED:

Sept 16: Mitigating Climate Change in Electrical Engineering, (Flyer, PDF) Register here
Sept 23: Sharky Science: Studying Populations of Sharks and Rays Around the World, (Flyer, PDF) Register here
Sept 30:  Living Robots, (Flyer, PDF) Register here
Oct 7:  Computer Science Immersion, (Flyer, PDFRegister here
Oct 14: Cafe Space: the Challenges of Building Systems for Space, (Flyer, PDF) Register here
Oct 21: How Does Our Nervous System Confer Different Reactions to Stress? (Flyer, PDF) Register here
Oct 28: How Do Plant Cells Talk to One Another to Make Decisions for Development and Defense Responses? (Flyer, PDFRegister here
Nov 4: Climate Change & Plant Nutrients: Will the Grass be Greener on the Other Side? (Flyer, PDFRegister here
Nov 11: Consumer Products & Your Health: An Intro to Environmental Health and Exposure Science, (Flyer, PDF) Register here
Nov 18: The Power of the Small: Why Nanomaterials are Unique, (Flyer, PDF) Register here
Nov 25: Privacy on the Internet: Why Does It Matter and How Do We Get It? (Flyer, PDF) Register here
Dec 2: Three Dimensional (3D) Cell Culture: Why Flat Stanley is a Great Learning Tool ... But Not for Studying Cells, (Flyer, PDFRegister here
Dec 9: Breaking Bad: DNA Double Strand Break Repair with DNA Polymerase Theta (Flyer, PDF) Register here
Dec 16: Biomimetic Membranes and Nanotechnology, (Flyer, PDFRegister here

Watch Teen Science Cafe recordings here

4-H World Changers (grades 6-12, registration required)

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!

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.

Babysitting (grades 5-8, registration required)

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.

Gardening & Nutrition (grades 6-12, registration required)

Tuesdays, Sept. 15,  Sept. 29,  Oct. 13,  Oct. 27,  Nov 10,  Nov 17, 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 and a Zoom link will be emailed to you no later than one day prior to the start of the program.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion for Teens (grades 6-12, registration required)

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.

Veterinary Science (grades 9-12, regisration required)

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.

Advanced Leadership Immersion (grades 9-12, application required)

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." Visit https://giv.org/apply-fall/ for more information and to apply.  Applications will remain open only until filled.  

Youth Environmental Summit (grades 6-12, registration required)

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! This year’s 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, updated 9/8/20) and YES workshop descriptions (PDF, updated 9/8/20).  Register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020virtualYES.

 

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