TENNESSEE 4-H IDEAS
VOLUME 03 - Issue 42
October 24, 2003
IN THIS ISSUE
4-H Enrollment: Does Reporting Really Matter?
4-H Performing Arts Troupe At National Youth Summit
Central District 4-H Workshop For Volunteers and 4-H
Get Those Promotional Activities Conducted
Life Skill Pilot Opportunity For County 4-H Programs
Maury County Dairy Team Returns From Harrisburg
Target S.M.A.R.T. Grant Proposals Due
|State Land Judging Contest - Knoxville
November 28-December 2
|National 4-H Congress - Atlanta, GA
|State YF&R Annual Meeting - Nashville
|Online LifeSmarts Competition Ends
|State Junior Sheep Leadership Retreat - TBD
|Performing Arts Troupe Audition Tapes Due -
Central District Office
|State 4-H Market Hog Show - Murfreesboro
January 31-February 1
|YF&R Leadership Conference - Nashville
Tennessee 4-H Home Page: www.utextension.utk.edu/4H/
Online version of Ideas: www.utextension.utk.edu/4H/ideas03/
4-H ENROLLMENT: DOES REPORTING REALLY MATTER?
Here are some more questions regarding the CES-237 report and related
issues. The questions and answers were taken from the National 4-H
Web site statistics section. Understanding the system and needs
of those who rely on the information it provides may help to explain
the importance of accurate reporting by all counties.
How are the overall statistics used at the national
level? Are state allocations determined in any way by the number
of participants reported on ES-237?
|The enrollment report is the principal way the 4-H program
gets credit for what it is doing. Every year there are numerous
Congressional inquiries for specific information, such as rural
vs. urban enrollment; involvement of minorities in 4-H; youth
involved in community service; trends in volunteer leadership;
trends in subjects participants choose to study; program content
which may aid in violence prevention; program content relating
to developing values; etc. Other federal departments and agencies
monitor 4-H involvement in "their" subject matter
or interest area, i.e.: Interior, EPA and Forest Service are
interested in 4-H environmental and natural resources; Education
is interested in our school enrichment and community service
learning; and the National Science Foundation and Energy are
interested in 4-H science literacy, etc. Practically all reports
of the land-grant university system, and certainly those of
Cooperative Extension, include some of the youth outreach data
provided by 4-H enrollment. In many cases, 4-H is almost the
only part of the system with hard data on audience involvement,
and it greatly helps to justify appropriations to the land-grant
universities. As National
4-H Council seeks private sector partners, they rely on our
4-H enrollment data to show the scope of the proposed target
audience for any given subject. The larger our numbers in an
area, the more attractive we are to potential cooperators, public
and private. Every few years NPL’s prepare extensive trend
information and present it to state 4-H leaders. We figure "market
share" for each state as a means of comparing between large
and small states. We show trends in age, place of residence,
delivery mode, racial and ethnic outreach, and the curriculum
areas which seem to be emerging or declining. These data are
the best available for state 4-H leaders to use in management
decisions and future planning. Hopefully, we nip some problems
in the bud and prepare to catch the crest of the next wave,
because we have the data to do it. Every year Congress determines
the annual funding for Smith-Lever formula funds and special
programs. The level is at least partly determined by how impressed
the Congress is with the outreach and impact CES has on solving
the current problems of people and communities. The appropriated
funds are parceled out to states and territories using a formula
which includes population and agricultural production. Your
director of Extension decides how much of it 4-H will get based
(at least in part) on how impressed s/he is with the outreach
and impact you can demonstrate in your state. State support
for Extension is also affected by your outreach and impact.
In lots of counties your 4-H participation numbers help determine
4-H PERFORMING ARTS TROUPE AT NATIONAL
The Tennessee 4-H Performing Arts Troupe will perform at the Second
National Youth Summit in Washington, D.C., November 6-8. The sixteen
member troupe will perform three times during the 3 day stay. Six
adults who work with the troupe will accompany the group to the
nation's capitol. They will open the first plenary session on Thursday
noon, present a concert at the evening reception and close the Summit
on Saturday noon.
The troupe was selected from entertainment groups across the country.
In addition to performing, the troupe will have the opportunity
to participate in skill building sessions, youth panels, a youth
town meeting, and workshop sessions organized around five interest
areas; Safe Places, Healthy Choices, Positive Role Models, Skill
Acquisitions and Civic Engagement.
When the National Youth Summit convenes, it brings together national,
state and community leaders, youth service providers, nationally
acclaimed experts in the youth development field and young people
who are active in their communities. This is yet another opportunity
for our youth to learn as well as to be recognized for their talent.
Congratulations to the Tennessee 4-H Performing Arts Troupe!
Alice Ann Moore
CENTRAL DISTRICT 4-H WORKSHOP FOR VOLUNTEERS
AND 4-H PARENTS
The Central District is hosting a workshop for volunteers and 4-H
parents on Saturday, November 1, 2003, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at
the Williamson County Extension Office in Franklin. Sessions include:
|Preparing Youth to Excell--in Speeches, Demonstrations, Exhibits
Firing Up 4-H Meetings--with Teamwork Activities, Service Projects
and Program Ideas
The Big 4-H Picture--What 4-H Offers and Liability Issues for
Building a County 4-H Livestock Program with Skillathon, Judging
and Showmanship Skills
The cost is $10.00 and includes BBQ lunch, snacks and notebook.
Extension Area Specialist
GET THOSE PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES CONDUCTED
This is the last week for counties to conduct 4-H promotional activities
if they want to be considered for the cash awards. Only those projects
carried out during October will be credited. Any Tennessee county
posting their October promotional efforts by November 14
is eligible to receive up to $300. For more information, visit www.utextension.utk.edu/4H/promo/.
LIFE SKILL PILOT OPPORTUNITY FOR COUNTY
Take advantage of the opportunity to be on the cutting edge of
the new Tennessee 4-H Life Skill Evaluation System. The state 4-H
office is looking for counties to volunteer to be pilot sites for
testing the evaluation subscales measuring communication, healthy
lifestyle choices, and decision-making. Counties will need to be
available to pilot test the subscales prior to April 1, 2004. If
you are interested and you know your plan of work will focus on
one of these areas, let us know and we’ll keep you informed
of the progress and expectations. It should not add a heavy burden
to your workload and will provide valuable information to you for
use in evaluating your 4-H program.
MAURY COUNTY DAIRY TEAM RETURNS FROM HARRISBURG
Tennessee was well represented tat the All American Dairy Judging
Contest in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania by the Maury County dairy judging
team. Team members Will Baker, Casey Favors, Eric Gardner and Michael
Parker placed fifth in Guernseys and 10th overall.
Highlights of the trip included visits to two state-of-the-art
dairy facilities. The Huffman Farm milks 340 Jersey cows and the
Mason-Dixon Farm milks 2,300 Holstein cows three times a day. The
group also visited the Gettysburg battle site, Hershey Chocolate
World and an Amish home. The team was accompanied on the trip by
volunteer leaders Cindy Baker and Kathy Gardner.
Maury County represented Tennessee as a result of their second
place finish in the state dairy judging contest, August 5, in Franklin.
Their trip was sponsored in part by monies from the 4-H dairy endowment.
Congratulations to Maury County on a job well done.
TARGET S.M.A.R.T. GRANT PROPOSALS DUE
The National Wild Turkey Federation has been generous in donating
$5,000 to the Tennessee 4-H Target S.M.A.R.T. program to be used
in starting or strengthening county shooting sports programs. All
funds will be directed towards county programs, leader training
and the Target S.M.A.R.T. Campboree. Applications forms can be found
and are due in the state 4-H office December 1, 2003.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Be a self-starter. Do it now! When you don’t know how to
do something, start. Beware of the paralysis of analysis. Be a person
~ Mamie McCullough