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Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Virtual 4-H Programs and Resources

Program Contact: Wendy Waxman Kern, 4-H Program Coordinator
360-317-3303 • wendy.waxman@wsu.edu

The Essential Elements of Positive Youth Development

Belonging –Help show others that you miss them and find ways to connect.

  • Zoom call to check in and hear about everyone’s projects or plans.
  • Start a group Facebook chat, SLACK room, or Google Hangouts. (Remember to practice safety online and ask parental permission.)
  • Send snail mail!
Mastery –Time out of school can be used to learn or build upon skills and interests.  Check out https://extension.wsu.edu/king/learning-links-4-h-and-more/

  • Think Hands-On!
  • Take Virtual Tours

Master skills to help with stress management like deep breathing, stretching exercises, dance to their favorite music, or take a short walk outside.

Independence –Help youth set their own goals for the next 6 weeks and build support for them to work toward those goals.

Here’s a resource on helping youth set S.M.A.R.T. Goals https://4-h.org/about/blog/goal-setting-for-the-new-year-ask-a-4-h-member/

Generosity –4-H Members already practice caring for their communities.  Talk about the importance of social distancing as a way that we think about protecting those more vulnerable than ourselves.   Look at practicing good hygiene as a way to care for others.  Write letters to those in Senior Care Facilities or Community Living Facilities like New Hope Farms.

 

 

Virtual Resources

Taking Your Club Online

Great Websites & Apps to use for virtual club meeting activities

Ways to stay connected

4-H Skill Builders

4-H Facebook Live Streams

  • Texas 4-H Virtual Experience: @texas4h
  • LSU Ag Center Virtual Daily Recess & Clover Challenges: @LSUAgCenter
  • Virtual 4-H Art Camp for Teens (Mondays starting 3/23): Register at https://forms.gle/YWXpyG6SUtkvmSEv7

A Few More Fun Ideas

Inspire Kids To Do Activity Guide: https://4-h.org/about/inspire-kids-to-do/

Possible 4-H Activities at a Distance:

  • Practice Public Presentations & Demonstrations
  • Independent Community Service Projects
  • Letter Writing (to nursing homes, doctors, grocery store…)
  • Exhibit Hall Arts & Crafts
  • Photo Scavenger Hunt
  • Practice Judging/ Oral & Written Reasons
  • Hold a Book Club