4-H

Photo: 4-H activities

Members of Delta 4-H and Operation Creation 4-H clubs
show masks they made at a "Girls' Night In" workshop

About 4-H

University of Missouri Extension's 4-H educational program empowers young people to reach their full potential while working and learning in partnership with caring adults. As one of the nation's largest youth organizations, 4-H helps young people become competent, capable, caring and contributing members of society.

What is the 4-H Revolution of Responsibility?

The 4-H Revolution of Responsibility is a movement for positive change in every community in America. 4-H youth are a living, breathing, culture-changing revolution for doing the right thing, breaking through obstacles and pushing our country forward by making a measurable difference right where they live. That takes uncommon commitment.

St. Louis area programs

TechXcite

TechXcite: Discover Engineering!, an engineering curriculum developed jointly by 4-H and Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, was featured in June’s edition of the Journal of Extension.  Piloted in 4-H supported out of school sites around the country, TechXcite has introduced STEM to thousands of youth.  St. Louis County 4-H Youth Development Specialist Amanda Meek served as the state lead for Missouri.  Other state leads included Jeff Sallee of Oklahoma, Lynn Schmitt-McQuitty of California, and Sherry Swint of West Virginia.  TechXcite was also presented at the 2014 NAE4-HA Conference in Minnesota.  Gary Ybarra and Rodger Dalton of North Carolina also helped in the development and piloting process for TechXcite.

Free downloads of the TechXcite curriculum are available at http://techxcite.pratt.duke.edu.  The curriculum covers the four categories of Biotechnology, Green Engineering, Alternative Transportation, and Wireless Communication.  According to the evaluation results, 98% of the instructors believed that students learned and demonstrated improved competence in science and engineering.  Additionally, the instructors felt that the modules were applicable to real-world situations and provided real-world examples and uses of technology.  Students enjoyed the hands-on activities and wanted to learn more about science, engineering, and/or technology. 

TechXcite has incorporated the values of 4-H in its “learn by doing” approach.  According to Meek, “The leaders and kids love the program and always looked forward to the next set of modules.  I have been able to present the TechXcite curriculum at a few conference, and the participants have been eager to get involved.  It has become an important piece of our 4-H program.”

We are recruiting adult leaders from elementary and middle school youth groups to participate in this exciting after school engineering program designed by Duke University.  For more information, contact Amanda Meek, 4-H SET Educator, 314-400-7386. For more about the TechXcite program and its evaluation results, see the Journal of Extension article by clicking here.

4-H Leadership Academy

Offers youth an opportunity to develop and enhance leadership skills in a community setting.
Contacts: Gus Robinson, Amanda Meek, Terry Olishile

Missouri 4-H LIFE (Living Interactive Family Education) Program

The Missouri 4-H LIFE Program helps incarcerated parents, their children and family members strengthen their relationships.
Video:  MU Extension 4-H LIFE Program
Contacts: Amanda Meek, Lynna Lawson

Missouri 4-H Youth Futures: College Within Reach

4-H Youth Futures prepares teens for college. Missouri 4-H Youth Futures College Within Reach offers programming to inform disadvantaged high school students and their parents about college and how to prepare for it, and to encourage the students to explore college opportunities. In July, 90 high school juniors and seniors learned how to prepare for college at through the program
News release: 4-H Youth Futures helps underserved students overcome obstacles to attend college (Diamond Mack, Robin Winn are from St. Louis.)  Contact: Donna Garcia For St. Louis program, contacts are Amanda Meek, Gus Robinson, Terry Olishile

Donna M. Garcia, 4-H Youth Futures program coordinatorgives an in-depth look into the program and her role as a mentor.

4-H Science, Engineering and Technology (SET)

Provides leadership and support for St. Louis area programs related to the National 4-H Science emphasis. This bold national effort seeks to engage one million new young people in science by 2013 to address increased demand for science and technology professionals.
Contacts:, Amanda Meek, Vince McKinney

Girls' Night In

Workshops where 4-H girls learn about citizenship, leadership and life skills in a fun setting.
Contacts: Amanda Meek,Terry Olishile

St. Louis County Community Clubs 

Contact for the following clubs: Amanda Meek

Students and leaders enjoy one of many health and fitness
activities during CHOICES 4-H Achievement Days.

Lucky Horseshoes – 4-H members learn about horsemanship and other topics through unique field trip experiences.  The St. Louis County Horse Bowl team also received first place in the 4-H Junior Horse Bowl in 2015.  The club meets the 3rd Sunday of each month at 2:00 pm in Ellisville.

Gateway 4-H – Members build and program VEX and LEGO Mindstorm robots to complete various tasks.  The club meets every Tuesday from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm in Affton.  Some of the club members also compete in the FIRST LEGO League competition, along with the Robot Invitational.  The members practice every Thursday from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in Creve Coeur.

NXT GEN – The club meets the 4th Tuesday of each month from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in Creve Coeur.   Members build and program LEGO Mindstorm NXT robots, along with other hands-on science activities, such as building with KEVA planks.

CHOICES 4-H Club

An in-school 4-H program for students in the Special School District of St. Louis County. Contact is Terry Olishile.
Video: CHOICES 4-H Achievement Days 2010

Delta 4-H

A collaboration with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, St. Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter. The focus is on service, scholarship and sisterhood. The high school group is also a Youth Futures club. Membership is through Delta Sigma Theta.

Interested in a real life example? Click here to read about Aliyah Imani Wilson, a Delta 4-H/GEMS Bio.

 

 

 

 

St. Louis City 4-H programs

Contact: Gus Robinson

 

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