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VOLUME 03 - Issue 46
November 21, 2003


2004 4-H Theme Announced
$500 Grants To Fund Youth-Run Reading-Related Service Project
4-H Enrollment: Reporting On Groups Other Than Organized Clubs
4-H Performing Arts Troupe Seeking Members For 2004
4-H Promotion Winners Announced
Colgate Campaign Seeks Best 4-H Community Service Projects
Good-Neighbor Service Learning Awards
Have You Registered?
Honor Club/Continuing Service End-Of-Year Deadline
Knoxville’s Promise Announces Annual Youth Summit
Now Is The Time To Endow
State 4-H Leader Forum Registration Materials Released
State Council Reaches Out to County Programs
Tennessee 4-H Alumni, Inc. 2004 Annual Membership Meeting
Win Cash For Your Environmental Programs
Workshop Proposals For State 4-H Leader Forum Available
Youth Venture Seed Grants Of Up To $,1000


November 28-December 2
National 4-H Congress - Atlanta, GA

December 7-9
State YF&R Annual Meeting - Nashville

December 31
Online LifeSmarts Competition Ends

January 10
State Junior Sheep Leadership Retreat - Crossville

January 15
Performing Arts Troupe Audition Tapes Due - Central District Office

January 20-21
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/
Ideas index:


After much thought and discussion the State 4-H Council is pleased to announce the 2004 4-H theme. The theme is “4-H: Honoring the Past… Envisioning the Future.” This theme will be used throughout 2004 in various ways including the theme for State 4-H Congress and State 4-H Roundup and All-Star Conference Thanks to the State Council for their hard work in preparing a great theme. Let’s gear up to honor the past and envision the future in 2004!

Patrick Hamilton
Extension Assistant, 4-H

(Source: Clover Corner News - November 14, 2003)

The National Education Association (NEA) and Youth Service America (YSA) are accepting applications for $500 grants to fund Youth Leaders for Literacy programs. Youth Leaders for Literacy is an initiative to help youth direct their enthusiasm and creativity into reading-related service projects. During the six-week program period and beyond, NEA and YSA hope to create a groundswell of literacy service in communities across the country. Applicants, ages 21 or younger, can be either individuals or groups. Literacy service projects must begin on March 2, 2004 (NEA's Read Across America Day) and culminate on April 16-18 (National Youth Service Days). Grant applications must be postmarked by December 1, 2003.

To view the application, visit www.nea.org/readacross/volunteer/youthleaders.html.

Lori Jean Mantooth
Extension Assistant, 4-H


This is the last in a series of questions and answers from the National 4-H Web site regarding the CES-237 report and related issues. 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 should we handle the category of "independent" membership?

That is reported as "youth participating in 4-H individual study/mentoring/family learning programs."

Any advice on how to count home schoolers?

Record them as "youth participating in 4-H individual study/mentoring/family learning programs" unless they have formed an organized club and then report them as such. Make sure these groups are in compliance with expectations for civil rights compliance.

How should we report youth involvement in EFNEP and FNP programs?

Those are curriculum (subject) categories. In our classification scheme, record them as ECA (all youth participants of EFNEP programs). The new (2004) enrollment program update will include a project code for ECD (all youth participants of FSNEP, know as the TNCEP program in Tennessee). Their delivery mode could be club, day camp, special interest, etc., depending on how it is done in your county.

Why did 4-H make the move from "ages" to "grades?"

Good question, but an easy one to answer. Nearly 4 million 4-H participants (over half) are in school enrichment. Most club enrollment in the South (our largest region, by far) is in school classroom clubs. We are a nonformal education program. Our educational materials are targeted at particular mental ages, which are best reflected by grade in school, not chronological age. In 1991, about half the States reported using grade exclusively instate, then "translating" to age for the annual enrollment report. Such states don't have to worry about exact birthday for eligibility, etc.

To what degree, if any, are we expecting 4-H to be the administrators/managers of after-school programs ... as compared to simply being the teachers, teacher trainers, or curriculum developers ofsuch programs led by others (such as the school, YMCA, etc.)?

We never even considered administration/management of after-school programs as a criteria for 4-H enrollment. 4-H doesn't administer/manage school enrichment settings, yet that is our largest delivery mode. It is perfectly ok to report kids in after-school programs run by someone else, if they are experiencing 4-H curriculum.

What is the primary difference between "School Age Child Care" and short-term programs held in school settings or youth centers "after school?"

Same thing. However, many special interest/short-term programs/day camps are held in summers, or on weekends. Ideally, the "after school" programs would be reported under that delivery mode, and the rest as special interest.

How do we report preschool 4-H enrollment?

We don't. See ES-237, page 3, General Information, Definition of Participants in 4-H: "4-H youth development education programs are created and conducted by the Cooperative Extension System and its partners principally for specific developmental levels of youth within the span of the grades K-12." (The exceptions which follow are for older people).

Jill Martz
Extension Specialist, 4-H


The time has come to search for singers and dancers among the youth we serve. It only takes one glance through the 4-H Performing Arts Troupe’s Web site to see what a fantastic opportunity this program gives our youth, while marketing positive youth development to a wide range of audiences.

How will your 4-H members know about this opportunity? . . .only if you tell them!!! Begin promotion for the Tennessee 4-H Performing Arts Troupe now so teens can video their fall/winter performances in order to meet the January 15 deadline. Youth in grade 9-12 are eligible to apply.

For more information, visit the Web site at 4hperformers.tennessee.edu. Youth may apply online or download an application from www.utextension.utk.edu/4H/ideas03/attach/PATappl-04.pdf.

Pat Whitaker
Area Extension Specialist, 4-H


Tennessee counties celebrate and promoted 4-H in many ways during National 4-H Week, October 5-11, 2003. Special recognition was offered to counties conducting outstanding 4-H promotional campaigns during October. Award winners are as follows:

1st place ($300) - Dyer County
2nd place ($200) - Gibson County
3rd place ($100) - Macon County

Judging was done based on information posted to the Web site. Criteria for judging included the number of promotional activities conducted., number of people involved, number of contact hours spent, creativity and media involvement. The award is to be used in the county 4-H program for any need they may have.

We hope counties and individuals will continue their 4-H promotional efforts throughout the year. We encourage you to come back to the site at www.utextension.utk.edu/4H/promo/ often and post your activities for others to see.

Steve Sutton
Extension Specialist, 4-H

(Source: Clover Corner News - November 19, 2003)

4-H is one of six national youth organizations that are invited to have local clubs submit their best community service projects in the 31st annual Colgate Youth for America Campaign sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive.

Colgate-Palmolive presents cash awards of up to $2,000 for the most creative and best-executed projects by local groups of 4-H’ers, Boys &Girls Clubs of America, Camp Fire USA, Girl Scouts of the USA, Boy Scouts of America, and Girls Incorporated - organizations representing 13 million children across America.

Local club community service programs running between March 1, 2003 and March 1, 2004 are eligible to win one of more than 350 cash awards. Last year, local 4-H winners included a 4-H club from Ohio that instituted and taught court-ordered safe driving classes to teens who received traffic tickets; a Georgia 4-H club that created a beauty pageant for residents of a nursing home; and a California 4-H club that collected and distributed clothes, food, personal care items and bus tokens to homeless teens.

Entry forms are now available online at www.youthforamerica.com or by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Colgate Youth for America Campaign, P.O. Box 1058, FDR Station, New York, NY 10150-1058. Entries must be postmarked by April 30, 2004.

To date, Colgate-Palmolive has awarded nearly $6 million to America’s children through Colgate Youth for America. The campaign, initiated in 1972 to encourage social responsibility, is now the longest-running corporate-sponsored program for young people. Colgate Youth for America has been honored by The White House under the last five administrations, has received a Freedoms Foundation Award, is included in The Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network, and is praised annually by members of Congress, governors and mayors across the nation.

Lori Jean Mantooth
Extension Assistant, 4-H


The Good-Neighbor Service Learning Awards are available to youth, teachers, and service learning coordinators, providing $1000 each to implement spring service/volunteer projects that include events during National Youth Service Day, April 16-18, 2004. The grant application deadline is December 8, 2003. For more information visit www.ysa.org/awards/overview_parent.cfm.

Remember that Tennessee 4-H Youth Development is a Lead Agency for National Youth Service Day. When submitting your application, be sure to note that you are part of the NYSD coalition!

Lori Jean Mantooth
Extension Assistant, 4-H


As you know, Tennessee 4-H Alumni, Inc. now has a Website at www.tn4halumni.org. The site features a "Find A 4-H Friend" page on which former 4-H members can search for 4-H friends.

In order for the site to have many "friends" from which to search, it is important that all of us who are 4-H alumni go to the site and register. When you register, we will post your name, county, high school graduation year and email address. This allows your 4-H friends from years past to communicate with you. If you haven't already done so, please take a moment now to register.

Mark Gateley
Extension Specialist, 4-H


Many counties initiate their new Honor Club members or recognize their Junior High Continuing Service Award recipients at the beginning of the year. Andrew Shanks, our student assistant working with Honor Club applications and Junior High Continuing Service will be leaving on December 2 and will not return until January 12. I will be out of the office starting December 11. Please keep this in mind if you have Honor Club applications that need to be approved or 4-H’ers to recommend for Junior High Continuing Service. We would need to receive any request for the first two weeks of January before December 11.

Steve Sutton
Extension Specialist, 4-H


Knoxville’s Promise is pleased to announce plans for the 6th Annual Alliance for Youth Regional Summit to be held on Monday, February 16, 2004 at South-Doyle High School in Knoxville. Each year the Summit provides an opportunity to cultivate partnerships, explore new ideas, share best practices, and celebrate successes related to work with children and youth. The theme for the event in 2004 is Caring Adults and Teens Bring the Five Promises Alive! (In case of inclement weather, the Summit will be postponed to March 12, 2004.)

Proposals are now being accepted for Summit workshops and panels highlighting successful approaches to working with and for children, youth, families, and communities. The deadline for proposals is December 5, 2003. For more information about the Summit and to download the Call for Proposals information form, please visit their Web site at www.knoxvillespromise.org or email leahadinolfi@knoxvillespromise.org.

Patrick Hamilton
Extension Assistant, 4-H


Year's end is the perfect time to establish an endowment or add to an existing endowment within the Tennessee 4-H Foundation. Why? The calculation to determine the payout on the endowment account is based on the endowment principal balance on January 1st. Typically, an amount equal to five percent of the January 1 principal balance will be paid out the following January on endowment accounts. Therefore, the higher the January 1 endowment principal balance, the higher the payout. Payout monies are then used by Extension staff in conducting 4-H programs.

To increase the payout on 2004 endowment accounts, simply increase the account balance before January 1. How may this be done? Of course, donors can make year end gifts to the county, district, event, project or scholarship endowment of their choice. Additionally, programs having excess funds that are not needed to meet ongoing expenses may choose to endow a portion of those funds. These are two ways in which endowment principal account balances may be increased before January 1.

The benefit of endowed dollars is that they provide a permanent, ongoing source of program funds to help Extension paid and volunteer staff in conducting life changing programs for youth. In investment in a Tennessee 4-H Foundation endowment will provide earnings throughout the foreseeable future to benefit today's and tomorrow's
4-H members.

Mark Gateley
Extension Specialist, 4-H


The 2004 State 4-H Leader Forum and Alumni Meeting will be held February 13-14 at the Park Vista Resort Hotel in Gatlinburg. Approximately 180 volunteers, teen leaders, and Extension staff will be in attendance to learn more about why “Volunteers Are the Heart of 4-H.”

Registration materials and fees are due in the district office, January 15, 2004. A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the park Vista Resort Hotel. To download registration forms, workshop proposal information and an informational brochure visit www.utextension.utk.edu/4H/volunteers/. Please share this information with all volunteer leaders, teen leaders and 4-H families! If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Patrick Hamilton at 865-974-2128 or via email at patrick@utk.edu.

Patrick Hamilton
Extension Assistant, 4-H


The 2003-04 Tennessee State 4-H Council wants to reach out to county programs. This group has decided to make themselves available for public speaking engagements. If you are interested in having a representative from the State 4-H Council visit your county for an awards banquet, Achievement Day or other special event, please contact Patrick Hamilton in the state 4-H office at 865-974-2128 to arrange a visit. This is a very talented group of youth who are excited about helping your local county programs!

Patrick Hamilton
Extension Assistant, 4-H


We all know how much former 4-H members love the 4-H program. Perhaps it is fitting that the 2004 Annual Tennessee 4-H Alumni Meeting will be held on Valentine's Eve! The meeting is planned in conjunction with the Tennessee 4-H Volunteer Leader Forum. The events will take place February 13-14, 2004 at the Park Vista Resort Hotel in Gatlinburg. Additional details will soon follow, however please hold these dates and share them with interested 4-H alumni and volunteers from your county.

Mark Gateley
Extension Specialist, 4-H


Students, teachers, and community groups working for wildlife in their local communities are invited to apply for support through the 2004 SeaWorld/BuschGardens/Fujifilm Environmental Excellence awards program.

The program has recognized and rewarded K-12 student groups for a decade, but beginning in 2004, eligibility for the awards has been expanded beyond school groups to recognize the efforts of community groups such as 4-H, public recreation centers, scouting and other community-service organizations working creatively to solve local environmental challenges.

Project submissions should demonstrate significant accomplishments. The deadline is December 19,1003. The strongest of past winning projects demonstrated ongoing positive environmental impact for at least several years. Eight organizations will be awarded $10,000 to further their conservation efforts. Winning groups will also receive an all-expense-paid trip for three group members and one adult leader to attend the annual awards event at SeaWorld San Diego in April. From the eight projects selected, one "Outstanding Environmental Educator/Leader" will be awarded $5,000 as a special recognition. Each winning group will receive a Fujifilm digital camera.

For more information about the 2004 SeaWorld/Bush Gardens/Fujifilm Environmental Excellence Awards, visit the program's web site at
www.seaworld.org/conservation-matters/eea/about.htm or the toll free number is 1-877-792-4332.

Alice Ann Moore
Assistant Extension Director, 4-H


Got a great idea for a 4-H club meeting that every leader should know? Do you have a special talent with training judging teams? Are you a master at facilitating teambuilding games? If so, we are looking for you!

Workshop proposals are now available for the 2004 State 4-H Leader Forum. If you or a group of individuals would be interested in sharing your ideas and/or projects with other volunteers and Extension staff, this opportunity is for you. Workshops will be 45 minutes in length. Please take a minute to complete a Request for Proposal at www.utextension.utk.edu/4H/volunteers/stateleaderforum/RFP.pdf. Please note that the RFP’s are due in the state 4-H office by December 20, 2004.

Patrick Hamilton
Extension Assistant, 4-H

(Source: Clover Corner News - November 14, 2003)

Youth Venture is giving young people (ages 12-20) the opportunity to do something about an issue dear to their hearts. The national nonprofit provides them the tools necessary to start their own clubs, organizations or businesses that give back to their communities. Grant awardees will receive a seed grant of up to $1,000 to start a venture and will be given access to scholarships, awards, special conference invitations, media opportunities and a national network of active young people. Applicants must submit an application, present a plan and meet specific Youth Venture requirements. There is no deadline for application.

For additional information on how to become a Venturer, visit www.youthventure.org or email info@youthventure.org.

Lori Jean Mantooth
Extension Assistant, 4-H


You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.
~ Henry Ford







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