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    Message from Jennifer: Together, we can ensure Minnesota youth thrive.

    Minnesota 4-H state director Jennifer Skuza challenges 4-H adults to help youth pursue a thriving life –filled with happiness, success and connection.

    4-H clubs: Apply for an AMC 4-H Community Leadership Award

    The Association for Minnesota Counties (AMC) has released the award application for the 2019 AMC 4-H Community Leadership Awards. These awards recognize community leadership projects by a Minnesota 4-H club during the past year. Two 4-H club projects will be selected to receive awards of $500 in recognition for their contributions and service to their communities. Find out if your club meets the award criteria and apply by Jan. 3!

    Complete your 2018-2019 4-H enrollment

    4-H enrollment ensures that 4-H families receive critical 4-H communications - it is required for 4-H participation and is easy to do. Has your family enrolled yet? If not, please take a few minutes to enroll and/or update your family's information.

    Check out Minnesota 4-H branded items for sale!

    It’s that time of year again - the Clovermart Winter Sale is here! Order Minnesota 4-H branded merchandise by Dec. 14.

    Are you looking for work experience in the youth development field?

    County-based 4-H youth development summer intern positions will soon be available throughout the state of Minnesota. Candidates must have a high school diploma, and at least two years of undergraduate study is preferred. Submit your application by Jan. 4, 2019.

    Volunteers: Join us for the "Keeping Youth Safe" webinar on Dec. 6

    All volunteers who plan and lead activities and events with youth are invited to the “Keeping Youth Safe” webinar on Dec. 6, from 7-8 p.m. This online training will prepare you to plan for safe environments and to work within risk management policies and practices.

    Sign up now for a national 4-H trip!

    Minnesota youth in grades 9-13 are invited to sign up for Citizenship Washington Focus, a national 4-H civic engagement trip for high school youth. The 2019 conference will be held June 22-29 at the National 4-H Conference Center - this is a great opportunity to gain leadership skills and visit Washington, DC! Registration will close on Dec. 10.

    Register now for a regional youth leadership workshop, BLU!

    Registration is now open for the 2019 Building Leadership & Understanding (BLU) regional leadership workshops. BLU is open to youth in grades six and up. Five BLUs will be held at locations across the state – registration deadlines vary by location. Meet youth from across the region and build leadership skills at this event!

    Participate in 2019 Project Bowls

    2019 Project Bowl information is now available! Coaches and 4-H'ers (grades 3 - 12+) interested in learning more about the 4-H Project Bowl program should check out the website for dates, locations, rules, references and more! Get ready to learn more about your dairy, general livestock, horse, lama, poultry, rabbit and wildlife projects!

    Engage Cloverbuds in hands-on science with this new curriculum

    Be a 4-H Scientist! is a new curriculum for adults to engage Cloverbuds in hands-on science exploration. It is available via a free download at www.4hpolymers.org. Volunteer training will be offered around the state in 2019.

    Sign-up for the 2019 Science of Agriculture Challenge!

    Registration for the 2019 Science of Agriculture Challenge is now open! Youth in grades 6 - 12 should register by Friday, Feb. 1. The Science of Agriculture Challenge is a great way to develop communication and problem solving skills and explore careers related to agriculture.

    4-H Food Revue

    Create something special for Food Revue. Registration Now Open!

    Project Bowl Teams Forming Now!

    The second most attended event during the 4-H year is the Project Bowl competition. Patterned after the golden-oldie television show "College Bowl", it challenges teams of 3-6 youth on their knowledge of 4-H project areas: Dairy, Dog, General Livestock, Horse, Poultry, Rabbit and Wildlife.

    Invigorate your club meetings

    Adult and teen leaders - are you looking for new activities to kick off your club meetings? Check out this new resource on our website to engage your members in problem solving activities! These activities will not only build teamwork and problem solving skills, but will energize your members, setting the stage for productive meetings!

    Plan now for winter weather cancellations

    Plan ahead for winter weather cancellations of 4-H programs, activities and outings. Proper plan communication will help to ensure the safety of 4-H members and Minnesota 4-H volunteers during the winter months.

    Utilize the sales tax exemption for purchases appropriately

    Minnesota 4-H is an approved nonprofit organization. This provides 4-H exemption on paying Minnesota sales tax on most purchases. Purchases MUST be paid for directly by a 4-H organization check in order to utilize the sales tax exemption.

    Follow the 4-H policy when generating funds

    Fall is a great time to plan for fundraising activities for 4-H programs to generate dollars to use throughout the year. Utilize the information sheets linked in this article and work with your 4-H program coordinator when you have questions or are seeking advice about carrying out local fundraising efforts.

    Create a 4-H video to win a $50 gift card!

    The First Generation Initiative team is excited to announce a video contest to highlight the great work being done by 4-H'ers to recruit and orient folks new to 4-H! Submit your video by Dec. 15 for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card!

    4-H Re-Enrollment & Charlie’s Golfing Club Enrollment Challenge

    It is time to re-enroll for the 4-H year!!! MN 4-H youth members and adult volunteers can re-enroll in 4-H using the 4HOnline and logging in through your family account. It is CRITICALLY IMPORTANT that families review and update enrollment information, especially health and emergency contact information and contact information.

    Message from Jennifer: It’s a new season of doing in 4-H

    Interim Minnesota 4-H state leader Jennifer Skuza celebrates all the ways youth and adults can take action in 4-H. As the new program year begins, set your intentions for a year full of doing.

    Plan and develop your club’s budget

    It’s time for 4-H clubs to develop their annual budgets. Budgets provide a written plan for raising and spending money to accomplish club goals. Sharing budget reports with your club throughout the year is a great way to help all 4-H members understand where and how funds are being used.

    Keep youth safe when participating in 4-H programs

    Now is the time of year to plan for risk and keeping youth safe as they participate in a variety of programs, activities and events. Use our online planning tool and risk management materials to ensure safe and healthy environments for youth and adults participating in 4-H programs and activities.

    Plan to attend annual volunteer training this fall

    Powerful things happen for youth when they’re in a positive relationship with caring adults. The 2018 annual volunteer training, “4-H Grows Relationships,” will ready youth and adult volunteers to connect to young people in meaningful ways. Dates and locations are planned across the state this fall. Be sure to bring a team of youth and adult volunteers.

    Message from Jennifer: It is my honor to serve

    Interim 4-H State Leader Jennifer A. Skuza reflects on her long history with 4-H and University of Minnesota Extension. She invites 4-H youth, families and volunteers to connect with her at the Minnesota State Fair.

    Learn about changes to Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)

    Registration for Citizenship Washington Focus, a week-long trip to Washington, DC, will open in fall 2018 for the summer 2019 experience. Youth gain civic engagement skills while touring DC with youth from across the US! Complete a short survey to receive a reminder email when registration material is posted.

    Card games, board games, and hands-on learning...Oh my!

    Make sure your club explores these new zoonotic disease and agritourism resources being sent to every county across the state. Then enter your team into a video contest for a chance at winning a Glo-Germ lesson kit for your group - The winning team will have the chance to work with a professional videographer to re-produce their video as a commercial for national distribution!

    These scholarships are available for college-bound 4-H youth

    Two scholarships are being offered for Minnesota 4-H youth pursuing post-secondary studies at accredited colleges and universities. Over $58,000 is awarded annually through a competitive application process.

    Extension Development and Minnesota 4-H award eight scholarships

    Congratulations to the 2018 Minnesota 4-H scholarship recipients! These eight outstanding 4-H youth and alumni from across Minnesota stood out among over 100 individuals who submitted applications.

    County Fair 2018 Registration

    County Fair registration will be handled online with FairEntry. County Fair registrations are due by July, 2nd at 11:59 p.m.

    Watch out for hoaxes, scams and phishing attempts

    A Minnesota 4-H adult volunteer recently received a phishing email containing club specific information – learn how to spot phishing attempts and follow up appropriately.

    Congratulations to the 2018 Helping Hands Grants Recipients!

    Extension Development and Minnesota 4-H are happy to announce the 2018 Helping Hands Grant recipients. Of the 26 applications we received, 18 projects totaling $22,000 were awarded to 4-H clubs from 20 counties across the state.

    Learn about new Livestock Quality Assurance training options for 4-H animal science members

    New in 2018 – 4-H animal science members can participate in one of two options for Livestock Quality Assurance certification training: 1) Livestock Quality Assurance and Ethics (LQA&E) training, or 2) Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) training. All youth participating as state fair 4-H livestock exhibitors must complete Livestock Quality Assurance training requirements.

    Summer 4-H Library Programs

    Washington County Library and 4-H are partnering this summer to offer fun hands-on STEM programs at your local library!

    All NEW Summer Day Camps!

    Summer Day Camps are open to all youth who have completed Kindergarten - 6th grade.

    2018 LQA & E Training

    Required Animal Science Training

    Summer Camp Director

    Summer Camp Director Applications now being accepted

    Learn about scholarships available for college-bound 4-H youth

    Several scholarships are being offered for Minnesota 4-H youth pursuing post-secondary studies at accredited colleges and universities. Over $20,000 is awarded annually through a competitive application process. Visit the 4-H scholarship website to learn more and apply.

    Explore Careers in Agriculture

    4-H youth in grades eight and up are invited to attend the third annual Explore Careers in Ag Day at Riverview LLP in Murdock. It’s time to discover the opportunities awaiting you in the world of agriculture!

    Arts-in Registration

    Arts-in Registration

    4-H Coding Workshop-May 5th

    Again this year Washington County 4-H is offering a coding workshop for youth grades 5th-10th on Saturday May 5th from 10am-12pm at Hooley Hall. Come to the coding workshop to learn more about computer programming including how to write code and program a device using Arduino. Register by April 23rd.

    Your 4-H learning can lead to national opportunities

    Over the past several months, multiple 4-H teams from across Minnesota have showcased their learning at a national level - find out how!

    Jerry Ludwig of Redwood County named Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer

    Jerry Ludwig has been chosen as Minnesota’s 4-H Salute to Excellence Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer.

    Crissy Otting of Clearwater County honored as Volunteer of the Year

    Crissy Otting has received the Minnesota 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer of the Year Award.

    Volunteers wanted for 4-H STEM Library programs!

    Over the past year 4-H has been partnering with the Washington County Libraries to provide STEM programs as a part of the Libraries’ STEM Saturday programming. 4-H and the libraries have had great success with these programs and we are now looking for high school youth and adult volunteers to help lead these programs. Library programs are on Saturdays and are either 60 or 90 minutes in length and include topics such as engineering, science experiments, and more.

    4-H Project Kits now available for check out at Club meetings!

    The Extension office now has 8 Project Kits for use at Club meetings. Each Project Kits contain fun, hands-on learning activities using the Experiential Learning Model. Our current Project Kits are: Balloon Powered Cars, Balls and Tracks, Birds/Birding, Bridge Building, Incredible Wearables, Rubber Band Powered Cars, Straw Rockets, Water/Watersheds.

    4-H Library Winter and Spring STEM Programs

    Washington County Libraries and 4-H are partnering this summer to offer fun hands-on STEM programs at your local library! Programs are for youth grades 3rd-6th. Teen programs are for youth grades 7th and up.

    4-H Library Summer Programs

    Washington County Libraries and 4-H are partnering this summer to offer fun hands-on STEM programs at your local library! Programs are for youth grades 3rd-6th. Teen programs are for youth grades 7th and up.

    New Family 4-H Club

    Are you new to 4-H? Then join the Washington County 4-H First Year Family Club!

    New Family Mentorship Program

    Washington County 4-H is looking for new and current families to be a part of our New Family Mentorship program!

    Information for New 4-H Families!

    Read more here to find out how you can get connected to 4-H opportunities in your community!

    Getting involved in Washington County 4-H

    Everything you need to know about getting involved in 4-H.

    Like us on Facebook

    Washington County 4-H is on Facebook!

    Washington County 4-H has established a STEM scholarship

    This scholarship has been established to assist youth who have been involved in the Washington County 4-H program and who have shown an interest in pursuing a collegiate degree in the areas of science, engineering and mathematics.
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