Our Colorado 4-H program mission is that “4-H Youth Development Education creates supportive environments for culturally diverse youth and adults to reach their fullest potential.”
Keeping this in mind and the feedback I have received from youth members and leaders, I would like to share my goals for the La Plata County 4-H program in 2011.
b To maintain and develop useful leadership opportunities for our youths.
This goal will include providing ways for youths to practice their public speaking, positive behavior skills, team building and overall life skills development.
b To maintain and develop useful educational opportunities for our youths. This goal will involve enhancing the learning opportunities for the many different 4-H projects our youths are involved in.
From cake decorating to photography to all our livestock projects, we want to provide the best knowledge in specific disciplines to help our youths.
b: To develop educational programs with a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) focus. These subjects are essential in helping youths gain the knowledge and skills for future job opportunities.
b To help 4-H clubs thrive throughout the year. It takes a great effort to run each of the 16 4-H clubs in La Plata County. This goal will involve helping club leaders and volunteers with families and members to keep commitment and dedication high in their club.
b To improve our communication throughout the county and region. This goal will entail creating social media and website development for the 4-H and larger community to access.
b To enhance our recruitment and awareness of 4-H. We look to be out in the public this year letting the community know all the great projects, life skills development and community engagement opportunities 4-H has to offer the youths and families of La Plata County.
b: To maintain and build positive community partnerships.
We look to maintain the great sponsors we have by highlighting all we achieve in 4-H. In addition, we look to collaborate with members of the LPC Children, Youth and Family Master Plan Implementation Team and the Four Corners Positive Community Norms Campaign to make a healthier community.
b To engage people in the Colorado State University Extension system. This will support the goals of the CSU higher education system and its commitment to spreading research-based knowledge and opportunities to all Coloradans.
b To spread the importance of localization and bioregional food, energy and fiber production. We look to support efforts in our area to make our region more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.
bTo create greater opportunities for minority populations in our area. We are blessed with a culturally diverse population in the Four Corners. We will be looking to establish more projects and programs that celebrate and engage this diversity. I am no David Letterman, but this is my top 10 list. We are accepting enrollment forms at the Extension office without a late penalty until Jan. 30.
email@example.com or 382-6463. Greg Felsen is La Plata County 4-H youth development agent.