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Nevada 4-H Leaders’ Update a Success

Posted 4/25/2008

Volunteers across the state join to share and learn new skills

RENO - 4-H volunteers from across Nevada came together in February to share ideas about their local 4-H programs at the Nevada 4-H Leaders’ Update at the University of Nevada, Reno Redfield Campus.

"They were happy and grateful to have an opportunity to learn more about 4-H, participate in outstanding presentations from 4-H professionals and volunteers from other states as well as Nevada, and network with other leaders," Jill Tingey, State 4-H volunteerism assistant, said. "It seems like we have a lot of excitement and momentum for planning next year’s forum. Hopefully, the energy and enthusiasm leaders left with will be shared with other leaders in their county, and we’ll increase the number of leaders attending next year."

Monsanto, an agricultural company that donated a grant, and National 4-H Council supported the event that brought more than 80 volunteers together to network and learn about innovative programs. Adult volunteers and teen leaders from across the state learned new skills related to 4-H project and club work, met and networked with other leaders, and became familiar with new 4-H concepts and guidelines.

The event featured a share fair showcasing 20 displays and demonstrations of programs offered in different counties, new 4-H curriculum and a speech from a 4-H teen leader.

Two keynote speakers, John Paul Murphy from Utah State University and Betty Wingerter, NAE4-H president, carried out the theme, "Leap Ahead with 4-H." Dr. Cathann Kress, director of National 4-H Headquarters, presented the essential elements of 4-H to the 4-H staff.

Leaders participated in four different workshops and two general sessions, including partnering with youth to lead activities, livestock skillathon training, Operation Military Kids mobile tech lab, and science, engineering and technology in 4-H.

Tingey said that 4-H received positive feedback from evaluations of the event. Leadership, communication and team building were among the skills volunteers listed. In one activity, Tingey said they asked participants one or two ideas to try at home.

"Responses included leading team building activities to foster a sense of belonging in 4-H clubs and leading activities based on healthy living, science, engineering and technology, and leadership/citizenship such as Health Rocks!," Tingey said. "Some activities were geared for 5-to-8 year olds (Cloverbuds), rocketry, livestock skillathons and arts and crafts."

For more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension office in your county.

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