Civic Engagement Forum – Canceled due to Severe Weather Warnings Across the State
Please be advised that the 2014 WV 4-H Civic Engagement Forum has been canceled. This difficult decision was made out of an abundance of caution with the extreme winter weather that is being predicted. This information will be disseminated to forum participants and related parties. Refunds will be provided.
WVU Day at the Legislature is still scheduled to occur with no changes. Please use your own best judgment when making plans and traveling during winter weather. We will monitor weather and advise via County Offices and the WVU Extension web and social media channels if there are any changes.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this cancellation might cause but safety is our utmost concern.
Jeremy Farley & Donald Reed
Co-Chairs, 2014 WV 4-H Civic Engagement Forum
Save the Date: April 12, 2014
4-H Goes to College: WVU Gold and Blue Game Day Event
The 2014 WVU Gold and Blue Game Day has been scheduled for April 12, 2014 in Morgantown. The Gold and Blue Game features WVU players in a scrimmage and serves as an annual kick-off event for the upcoming football season.
The purpose of the WVU 4-H Gold and Blue Game Day Event is to give young people a chance to visit the campus, learn about college options and have a good time with 4-Hers from across the state. This fun and educational event will provide hands-on learning opportunities for 4-H members combined with a great WVU Mountaineer Football experience!
Kickoff time for the game has not yet been set.
More information will follow! Sign-up information and a schedule of events will be provided after the game time has been set. Stay tuned for follow up emails.
Creative WV Kids + Video Technology + Healthy Messages = Winning Videos!
To encourage 4-H’ers to show their commitment to the Health H, we’re again challenging counties and clubs to make their own videos. This year’s theme promotes eating healthy. Attached are the guidelines and the submission form. You’ve got all year to work on it – it’s due May 1, 2014. But now is the time to get your 4-H Health Officers, Teen Leaders, and others excited and thinking about their video ideas. With some creativity and learning-by-doing, your video can win a cash prize!
Good luck everyone. Contact Elaine Bowen if you have any questions.
Skynet Junior Scholars (SJS) is an NSF funded informal science education project that aims to engage youth in observational astronomy projects using telescopes in the Skynet Robotic Telescope Network.
SJS invites 4-H leaders, and informal educators who work with middle school youth during out-of-school time to participate in a face-to-face or online workshop to gain skills you can use to get your youth involved!Online Workshops run once a week January 20- February 28
What You’ll Learn
- Background on the fascinating questions explored by Skynet Astronomers using Skynet telescopes.
- How to conduct your own observations with Skynet telescopes.
- Hands-on activities to promote understanding of astronomy concepts.
- How to assist youth in developing their “science voices”.
More information: http://www.gb.nrao.edu/sjsworkshop/
Online Registration: http://www.gb.nrao.edu/sjsworkshop/registration.shtml
The face-to-face training will occur at Green Bank April 11-13. The deadline to register for this event is January 12, 2014.
Want to be part of something big, in a place where you can belong and hang out with friends? Join the club!
Lasting friendships can be formed outside of the world of cell phones and social media. Discover new friends and participate in interactive activities in your local community. West Virginia University Extension Service’s 4-H clubs provide a safe haven for meeting new friends from diverse backgrounds who live in your neighborhood.To find a club in your area, contact your county Extension office.
4-H & Facebook
4-H, The Largest Youth Development Organization, Hits 400,000 Facebook Supporters
4-H’s Facebook Community Brings Together Teens, Parents, Staff and Program Alumni Worldwide
4-H is proud to announce a major milestone in its social media strategy—exceeding 400,000 supporters on the program’s Facebook page. With more Facebook engagement than any other youth development program, 4-H serves more than 7 million young people around the world with year-round, hands-on learning opportunities.
“The 4-H Facebook page launched in October 2005 with great interest, however it’s really taken off in the past year with nearly 50 percent increase in our fan base,” said Donald T. Floyd, Jr., National 4-H Council president and CEO. “We plan to continue to drive active engagement online among 4-H’ers, alumni, parents and supporters who are all incredible digital ambassadors for the 4-H program.”
Since February, 4-H has experienced a significant increase in engagement along with its growth in followers. In April, the organization experienced an average of 1.1 million unique impressions per week, including a seven-day high of 1.5 million in mid-April.
The consistent growth in followers has been attributed to the development of new, engaging content and outreach to current and past 4-H participants. For example, fun memes posted regularly have sparked engagement and have proven to be extremely popular with the 4-H audience. In a recent post, the organization inquired about their fans’ favorite part of the 4-H season. The post created such immediate engagement that it has since become one of the organization’s most popular memes on Facebook, reaching over 230,000 people and garnering 4,700 likes and 2,300 shares—including creating a buzz on Instagram.
As 4-H continues to create more digital brand ambassadors globally, the organization will strive to continue this positive momentum of engagement online.