Still the Base of 4-H
A note from Abby Brandt –
Schools are shut down, people aren’t gathering in groups of 10 or more, and many businesses are shutting down or changing how they operate. We all recognize that we’re operating in uncharted territory and uncertainty.
WSU Extension is committed to keeping our communities safe and the 4-H Program is as focused on providing positive Youth Development as ever, regardless of the delivery mode. I want you, our leaders and families, to think about how we can help support each other.
- Recognize that our youth are experiencing stress, which may build up to a level of trauma, so are many of us adults.
- Stress/Trauma effects our brains in different ways and children may start changing their behaviors. Respond to the cause of the behavior with compassion, not to the actions of your children.
- Stay connected safely! We are happy to help clubs figure out ways to stay connected electronically.
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!
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.
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/
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.