Did you know that donations to the Ohio 4-H Foundation have made 4-H programming possible since 1946? In 2018, thanks to our wonderful donors and volunteers, the Foundation was able to award over $200,000 in grants to 4-H professionals around the state. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who made this possible! Here are just a few of the programs funded last year:
Introducing Trade Professions to Youth
Morrow County held two hands-on, career exploration workshops. Youth explored trades including: construction management, automotive technology, paramedic/EMT, firefighter and law enforcement. Professionals worked side-by-side with youth to show them what they do each day at their jobs. Participants had the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the jobs as a potential career. According to Amanda Forquer, 4-H Educator in Morrow County, the workshops were a success with professionals committed to hosting the program again this year.
State 4-H Special Needs Camp
The State 4-H Special Needs Camp at Canter’s Cave in Jackson provides a traditional 4-H camping experience with attention to the physical, mental, and emotional needs of special needs youth. This camp offers environmental science activities, crafts, music therapy, outdoor education and water safety while helping youth develop decision making skills and self-reliability.
The 2018 camp theme was all about finding the humor in life and helping youth discover reasons to laugh and be optimistic. The staff and counselors developed skits based on a “Scooby Doo” style mystery. Campers were enthusiastic about getting involved in the skits. The most remarkable part about this camp was watching the collaboration between the youth and staff and the positive impact it had on the lives of all involved. State 4-H Special Needs camp is directed by Michelle Stumbo, 4-H Educator in Meigs County.
Adventure Central’s JET Program
For 14 years, Adventure Central in Dayton has hosted a summer Job Experience and Training (JET) program. This program, in partnership with Five Rivers MetroParks, creates an opportunity for minority youth to engage in workforce preparation skills. Participants have a choice to focus their work on youth education, nutrition, clerical/administrative, park services, conservation or outdoor connections. They improve their skills in communication, time management, organization, and teamwork. And according to Nate Arnett, 4-H Educator at Adventure Central, the best part of program is seeing youth grow through their self-reflection.