Especially for Afterschool Program Providers

Do you work in an afterschool program, take care of children in your home, work with faith based youth groups, teacher, or 4-H Volunteer ? If so, White County Cooperative Extension Service can provide you with helpful classes.

The Cooperative Extension’s Arkansas 4-H Afterschool provider classes will give you the hands-on tools to enhance the quality of your school-age program. You will learn about all the new and exciting activities and experiences that 4-H can offer and we will explain how 4-H can enhance your existing program. You will get the resource information on the structure of a 4-H Club, how to operate a 4-H Club, and how to use the innovative curriculum to keep your youth interested and excited about being in your afterschool program.

The 4-H program has a variety of youth leadership opportunities that can enhance your youth program. The 4-H Afterschool training curriculum is designed to promote positive youth development and to teach life skills through research-based hands on curriculum.

The “Aerospace” lesson will focus on the excitement and dreams you may experience about sending a rocket into space, making a first solo flight, becoming an astronaut or perhaps someday visiting other planets, and learning what they provide can be exciting. In the aerospace project, you will enjoy learning more about your dreams through hands on experiences and group interaction.

Each participant will receive a complete set of Aerospace Adventures project books. Additional copies can be ordered from 4-H Mall.

In “CyberSpace”, youth will encounter and conquer computers, instant messaging, Facebook, Twitter and e-mail. Afterschool youth will increase their knowledge of how to maximize emerging technology. Youth will use and demonstrate advanced technology to enhance their educational experiences particularly in rural areas, and help provide entrepreneurial and technical skills to other youth. They will learn skills to help navigate the World Wide Web, create presentations through user-friendly hands-on experiences, such as virtual 4-H clubs, cyber citizenship and cyber camping.

“Marketplace” will build on the aspirations of early youth who have an entrepreneurial spirit (lemonade stands, lawn mowing services and babysitting). Engage older youth with the same entrepreneurial energy. What do kids know about being entrepreneurs? Turns out their curiosity about the world around them, natural creativity, willingness to take risks, and unbridled enthusiasm add up to the characteristics of our greatest entrepreneurs. Youth will be provided learning experiences in entrepreneurship. Afterschool youth will learn financial responsibility along with other educational, recreational, and social experiences. These sessions will integrate the study of entrepreneurship with other life skill training such as communication, decision-making, teamwork, and learning, relationships management, and understanding self.

“MySpace...Service Learning” deals with service learning as a teaching strategy that applies education to student-identified community issues. As youth identify these issues, they learn that they are part of a community, afterschool youth will learn different types of service: direct, indirect and advocacy. Experiential learning will occur where students apply knowledge, skills, and wise judgment to address genuine community needs.

The face of the United States and its workplace is changing. A growing number of neighborhoods and communities contain a complex mix of races, cultures, languages, and religious affiliations. For these reasons, today’s youth and adults are more likely to face the challenges of interacting and working with people different from themselves. The ability to relate well to all types of people in the workplace is a leadership skill that is becoming increasingly important. The lesson “OurSpace...Dimensions of Diversity” offers youth engaging activities to help them understand, accept, and value diverse backgrounds and help young people and adults to thrive in this ever-changing society and in our global world.

This program is open to all interested persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information should notify the county Extension office as soon as possible prior to the activity.

The training will be Saturday February 19 at ASU Searcy. It will be from 8:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. The deadline for sign up is Friday February 11. You can call the White County Cooperative Extension Office at 501-268-5394 to sign up. The Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.