East Otter Tail 4-H taking 2009-2010 enrollments
4-H is one of Minnesota's largest youth-serving programs, providing access to youth development opportunities and activities in 87 counties. Last year 113,000 youth throughout the state took part in various 4-H experiences. East Otter Tail County 4-H has goals of enhancing creativity through hands-on project work and interactive group activities; encouraging confidence; and equipping today's youth for tomorrow's challenges. University of Minnesota Extension office is now taking program enrollments for the upcoming year of 2009-2010.
According to Extension Service 4-H Youth Development program there are four essential elements to youth development, "It's clear that youth whose needs are met in positive ways are likely to grow into good citizens and be a contributing member of their families and communities. Youth development research emphasizes the importance of meeting four basic human needs: Belonging, Mastery, Independence and Generosity."
Belonging: Youth need to know they are cared about by others and feel a sense of connection to others in the group. Every child needs at least one caring adult who believes in him or her. And if one makes a tremendous difference, think about the impact of two or more.
Mastery: Youth need to feel and believe they are capable and successful.
Independence: Youth need to know they are able to influence people and events. Having responsibility is necessary to learn responsibility.
Generosity: Youth need to practice helping others through their own generosity. Generosity helps us understand the "big picture" and generates a sense of purpose and meaning for youth.
The 4-H program in East Otter Tail County is committed to the above key elements to youth development in the various opportunities through 4-H; be it a Family Club where families come to learn and serve together, After- School Clubs that are held after school and led by 4-H staff and youth volunteers, Project Clubs that are based on one project area or various other 4-H adventures offered. 4-H club membership is open to youth kindergarten through one year past high school; all 4-H activities are open to youth regardless of club membership. Youth can enroll in multiple club settings and are eligible to show exhibits at the East Otter Tail County fair.
In the Perham/New York Mills/Vergas areas the following 4-H activities are available:
Family/Community Club: Butler 4-H contact Bonnie Hendrickx at 385-3132; Countryside Corners contact Beth Stoderl at 346-2944; Dent Helping Hands contact Cindy Kratzke at 758-2941; Dora Boosters contact Lil Larson at 342-2648; Heinola Hustlers contact Eugene & Colette Jahnke at 346-4969 or Vicki Jacobson at 346-4297; Mills Magic contact Kim Anderson at 385-2821; Otto Otters contact Lynn Henderson at 385-3749 or Richville Rocketeers contact Rich & Denise Loerzel at 346-5594 or Sue McClendon at 346-6454.
After-School Clubs: NYM Cloverbud Club (K-2nd grade) is held the 2nd Monday of the month, October - May, from 3:00- 4:30 p.m. at the New York Mills School. Program fee is $20 per child or $40 family maximum. The theme for this year is "What is a Scientist?" Youth will engage in different hands-on activities to give opportunity for the development of inquiry based thinking.
Perham Cloverbud Club (K-2nd grade) is held the 1st Monday of the month, October - May, from 3:00- 4:30 p.m. at the HOTL Elementary School. Program fee is $20 per child or $40 family maximum. The theme for this year is "What is a Scientist?" Youth will engage in different hands-on activities to give opportunity for the development of inquiry based thinking.
NYM Kid's Adventure Club (3rd-6th grade) will be held the 2nd Thursday of the month, October - May, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the New York Mills School. Program fee is $30 per child or family max of $60. The theme this year is Kitchen Science: The Art of Cooking.
Perham Kid's Adventure Club (3rd-6th grade) will be held the 1st Thursday of the month, October - May, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Prairie Wind Middle School. Program fee is $30 per child or family max of $60. The theme this year is Kitchen Science: The Art of Cooking.
Project Clubs: The 4-H Children's Garden (1st-3rd grade) program fee is $20.
Junior Master Garden (4th-6th grade) program fee is $25; both clubs meet six Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-noon, from May - August at the Perham fairgrounds. Contact leaders are Mary Dertinger (346-6362) and Carol Rethemeier (346-2043).
EOT Wrangler 4-H Horse Club contact leader is Michelle Gaillmeier at 758-3727.
Project meetings that will be offered for the fall/winter seasons are:
"Super Sitters" babysitting session for youth 5th grade and above
Babysitting session 8:30- 3:00, Nov. 7 at Henning Community Center
Woodworking, 10-12, Oct. 31 at PACC
Bread Baking, 6-8, Nov. 17 at NYM
Arts and Crafts, 10-12, Dec. 5 at PACC
Winter Project Day, 12:30-5, Dec. 12 at NYM
4-H enriches learning as youth engage in the "learn by doing" experience through planning, implementing and reasoning to complete a given task. 4-H develops leadership skills through trainings, interactive learning opportunities and project work. Project work enhances creativity which encourages confidence within youth to be a leader among their peers.
Likewise, 4-H encourages positive citizenship through community service projects; youth learn to use their talents and resources to be contributors within their families, schools, and communities.
Contact the Extension office in New York Mills for enrollment forms or to register for any of the programs at 218-385-5420.