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CA State 4-H Futures Task Force: The Future of 4-H Starts Today Facilitator: Keeley Mooneyhan August 16, 2013
Welcome and Introductions : Who are we? What is 4-H and Why Are We Here Where Do We Want to Go I Love 4-H, but if I Could Change it... Lunch Program Chart the Course Now Lets Go... Talking Points Next Steps Adjournment Agenda Todays Goals Discover and Discuss Opportunities to Make The Best Better – Program Development and Implementation for Diverse Delivery – Governance, Administration and Management Identify Areas of Interest Agree on Draft Priorities Commit to Next Steps
Ground Rules for the Day Every idea offers potential success and the status quo stagnates innovation Keep discussions open, honest and respectful Be open to learning from others, listen actively and seek to understand others point of view Give and receive feedback directly, timely and respectfully Growth and change are a choice and move the conversation forward Items should be relevant to our agenda today; and we will actively table off topic issues for later- keep us honest in this effort Limit interruptions and side conversations Do not have phones out. We kindly ask that you give your attention to this conversation and actively participate – step out if an emergency pops-up
Task Force Participants Sectional representation –Youth and adults State Council President State 4-H Ambassadors County staff State staff Foundation staff External partners
Group Dialogue: What 4-H Means to Me in Under 3 Words Opens Doors Science, Engineering, Technology Passion Friendship, Leadership, Fun Maximize Potential Opportunity Identifying Your Sparks Youth/Adult Learning Together Making Best Better Opportunity to Partner Youth in Agriculture Responsibility, Service, Leadership Community Development Partnership, Leadership, Organization Interaction, Communication, Leadership Youth Adult Partnerships Helping Everyone Succeed Family, Growth, Community Strengthen Our Relationships
What is 4-H & Why are We Here?
Mission 4-H History 4-Hs HEAD, HEART, HANDS & HEALTH Public Partnership Federal USDA County Board of Supervisors State Land Grant Universities
USDAUC ANRCalifornia 4-H ScienceYouth Science LiteracyScience, Engineering & Technology (SET) Healthy LivingPromoting Healthy Behaviors for Childhood Obesity Prevention Healthy Living Citizenship Revolution of Responsibility Leadership Promoting Positive Youth Development Thrive Emerging Workforce Prep & Development Global Food SecurityGlobal Food Security and Hunger Mandates Californias youth will need new and enhanced opportunities for engagement. – UC ANR Strategic Vision
Vision Healthy, happy, thriving people who make a positive difference in their communities
Examples of Diverse Delivery
Reporting, Evaluation and Common Measures USDA Requirements Participation and parity Volunteer hours Outreach methods* Outcomes –New Common Measures Science Healthy Living Citizenship Overall PYD UC ANR Reporting Participation and parity Volunteer hours Outreach methods* Outcomes –Participant outcomes (locally) –Common measures (statewide) Financial information *4-H clubs are required by USDA to demonstrate outreach efforts annually using 4-H Outreach Methods Documentation Form (Word).4-H Outreach Methods Documentation Form (Word)
CA 4-H Participation (1945-2012) Note: Numbers include duplicates
Youth Participation by Project Area (2011-2012) Consumer and Family Science 10843 Biological Sciences 7348 Technology and Engineering 8641 Physical Sciences 73 Environmental Education / Earth Sciences 19731 Ag in the Classroom 7503 Animal Science 30198 Plant Science 5190 Total Science, Engineering, & Technology 89527 Health 9902 Personal Safety 287 Total Healthy Lifestyles 10189 Civic Engagement 753 Community / Volunteer Service 2509 Leadership and Personal Development 9577 Communications and Expressive Arts 11490 Total Citizenship24329
Growth in Project Participation
Diversity Reporting (2011-2012) 4-H YOUTH ENROLLMENT EthnicityRaceGender Hispanic or Latino Not Hispanic or Latino American Indian or Alaskan Native AsianBlack or African American Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander WhiteMore Than One Race Undeter mined TotalMaleFemale 4-H Club Only 4284249264942219227672327710963530 292101113018080 15%85%2%8%1%0%80%4%12% 38%62% 4-H All Individual Enrollment 433625055500522239672340011023561 293911119918192 15%85%2% 1%0%80%4%12% 38%62% 4-H Group Enrollment Only 1263730413749435623905243032547060 430502081822232 29%71%2%10%6%1%70%11%0% 48%52% All 4-H Enrollment 16973554681249487826295915372558083561724413201740424 23%77%2%7%4%1%74%8%5% 44%56% Difference in Population -27%+27%+1%-4% -3%+1%+23%0%+17%-7%+7% CA CENSUS DATA Potential Number 39478063972903868158691075159383409240253436095011779913792070940605603860149 Potential % 50% 1%11%7%0%51%8%22% 51%49% Parity 40% 1%9%5%0%41%6%18% 41% 39% Note: Numbers do not include duplicates.
4-H Organizational Structure USDA/NIFA Division of Youth and 4-H/4-H HQ USDA/NIFA Division of Youth and 4-H/4-H HQ National 4-H Council LGU/UC ANR YFC Statewide Program Statewide 4-H YDP Local 4-H YDP State Government UCCE California 4-H Foundation Chart Legend Authority and Responsibility Collaborating Relationship Communication, reporting, priorities County Government Program administration, leadership, direction and responsibility
4-H Functional View Local 4-H YDP State 4-H Office Statewide 4-H YDP State 4-H Office Statewide 4-H YDP California 4-H Foundation Advisory Committees CA 4-H Mandates SET Healthy Living Thrive Leaders Councils Leadership Citizenship South Section State North Section No. Central Section So. Central Section Policy I & R Thrive Citizenship Animal Science Shooting Sports Tech Team SET Camping Healthy Living Chart Legend Authority and Responsibility Collaborating Relationship Association Military Partnership Program Development Professional Development Volunteer Development Curriculum Development Website/Social Media Policy Development 4-H Unit Charters Online Record Book Financial Reporting Enrollment Grants/Fund Development Evaluation & Research State & National Events Marketing Partnerships Represent CA 4-H Conflict Resolution
Program Support Structure: Communication, Information and Work Flow Local 4-H YDP State 4-H Office Statewide 4-H YDP California 4-H Foundation Associate Director Shannon Horrillo Associate Director Shannon Horrillo Thrive Academic Coordinator Gemma Miner Thrive Academic Coordinator Gemma Miner Citz./Leadership PR Jenna Colburn Citz./Leadership PR Jenna Colburn State Council Thrive Grant, San Joaquin Tech Lead. Team I & R Adv. Com. Animal Science PR Sarah Watkins Animal Science PR Sarah Watkins Washington Focus National 4-H Conference Collegiate 4-H Awards: Golden Clover, Higher Edu., Diamond Clover Record Book & State Competition Citizenship Adv. Com. Ambassadors Cal Focus SLC R of R 4-H Thrive PR Scott Mautte 4-H Thrive PR Scott Mautte 4-H ORB So. Central Section Council LCORT LCORT PR Pauline Smoke Horse Classic Citizenship Weekend Family & Consumer Science Day HL Lead. Team HL Initiative South Section Council North Section Council Policy SET Initiative No. Central Section Council Military Club Program Beale AFB, Yuba 4-H Thrive PR Christina Colburn 4-H Thrive PR Christina Colburn Healthy Living Academic Coordinator Anne Iaccopucci Healthy Living Academic Coordinator Anne Iaccopucci Evaluation Academic Coordinator Latonya Harris Evaluation Academic Coordinator Latonya Harris 4-H Analyst Whitney Bell 4-H Analyst Whitney Bell SET Lead. Team Presentation Program Animal Science Edu Adv. Com. Horse Classic CA Teams to National Comp. Events CAL Tech Team Teen Council TIC SLF WRLF Thrive Lead. Team 4-H Thrive Initiative Statewide Shooting Sports Coordinator John Borba Statewide Shooting Sports Coordinator John Borba Shooting Sports Program Shooting Sports Adv. Com. Evaluation Enrollment Liaison with CA Fair Military Partnership SET Academic Coordinator Steven Worker SET Academic Coordinator Steven Worker 4-H Military PR Jeanne Christenson 4-H Military PR Jeanne Christenson Fashion Revue State Field Day Chart Legend Authority and Responsibility Collaborating Relationship Association Chart Legend Authority and Responsibility Collaborating Relationship Association Horse Show WHY Youth Council Field Day Scholarships Sectional /Sub- sectional present- ation days Policy Adv. Com. Camping Adv. Com. Marianne Bird & John Borba (Chairs) Camping Adv. Com. Marianne Bird & John Borba (Chairs) WHEP Charters Fashion Revue Diversity Workgroup
Example of Lost Opportunity Leadership Development SLC Leadership Washington Focus CALLCORTWHYTIC Program Development & Implementation Fund Development Administration & Management Three Areas of the Program Leadership Development SLC Leadership Washington Focus CALLCORTWHYTIC
Administration and Management History Most effective organization and structure Roles and responsibilities Membership and increased representation Appointment and selection process Desire for more youth and adult involvement Improved communication More effective administration Marketing and visibility
Program Development and Implementation History Identification of program priorities Expand programs to underserved youth Increase participation in the program and events Expand the role of volunteers and youth Improve program quality Consistency throughout the state Volunteer development Curriculum development Collaborations and partnerships
Funding History Determining funding priorities The role of the CA 4-H Foundation Developing an integrated fund development plan
Aspiration for the Group Create a structure that supports growth of the 4-H Youth Development Program in California. OUR PASTOUR FUTURE
Where Do We Want to Go?
Group Dialogue: Individual Expectations/Thoughts for the Day and Task Force Open, Honest Communication and Hearing Try and Turn-off Decision Making Increase Teen Involvement, Build Connections, Share Information Develop Ways to Serve Underserved Areas Pleased, Apprehensive, and Excited to Learn about other things in the state and work together Being open to talk about sensitive areas Create a more cohesive program Collaborative, Coordination for Communication Connections Realistic expectations around change Learn to increase communication between state and county Come to learn about local level and state level resources Open minded involvement Want to keep things going Looking for a commitment to diversity and a cohesive program/effort culture Getting my head around change Quality of program vs. quantity vs. costs Structure that breaks out of current silos- it would be beneficial to talk about cross- initiatives Create/Demonstrate the value of 4-H Communication- what works and what doesnt
Shared Expectations Partner, share, and build trusting relationships Be the voice of innovation, change and opportunity Help 4-H evolve Make 4-H relevant and important Speak of aspirations Lead by example
Guiding Principles Taskforce Goals – Strengthen program delivery: Connect People, Resources, Programs, Tools, and Technology – Accelerate distribution of information, education, and learning – Honor and respect the past while leading 4-Hs next evolution – Identify Best Practices to grow, develop, and support 4-H across CA Outcomes – Be committed to the mission, vision, and pillars of 4-H – Appreciate different perspectives of 4-H – Create a future where 4-H is considered a cornerstone of Youth Development – Identify areas of shared interest and value to the organization and commit to preserve whats great and to evolve what can be better Overall Experience Goals – Minimize Negativity – Establish Trust and Grow Partnerships – Build Excitement & Maintain Momentum – Create Interest – Gain/Retain Youth, Volunteer, and Community Engagement and Participation – Empower Youth – Drive Commitment – Set the Stage for Success (Expectation Setting) – Recognize Uniqueness
Where Are We Going? Celebrate the Past 100 Years of 4-H and Envision a Better Future Create a Roadmap for the Next 100 Years of 4-H, Starting with Years 101-105 Drive Excitement, Engagement, and Momentum for 4-Hs Evolution into the Future Be the Future of 4-H, Today Current Conversation
I 4-H, but...
I 4-H! Identify on an individual level what makes 4-H great, for you. What Makes You Proud to be Associated with 4-H? Identify on an individual level what could make 4-H better, for you. What are your pain points with 4-H? I 4-H, but... Discussion Summary: Whats working and Not working in CA 4-H* *See appendix for full discussion points
4-H Public Relations: 4-H has been historically rooted in agriculture, but is much more than that today. 4-H is different than any other youth development organization. 4-H could benefit from a new public image campaign. Perhaps more public service advertising could help build awareness, recruit new members and adult volunteers, and increase support of the programs offered. Communication: Information doesnt flow easily through the 4-H organization in any direction. Despite efforts to push information down from the State to the local levels, information doesnt get to every individual and locally information doesnt always flow back up to the State so that information becomes 2-way. Development: 4-H offers amazing opportunities to develop youth and adult volunteers and allow them to grow and progress. There are also areas of improvement such as offering more leader/volunteer development, sharing/increasing resources, and opportunities for older members to continue to develop and learn. Engagement: Engagement is how we interact, recruit and retain youth and adults in the program. Relationships and being part of a community are real tangible benefits from being part of 4-H. We want to increase outreach and participation in the program, particularly among underserved and underrepresented populations. 4-H needs to represent the diversity of the communities we serve and provide rich and diverse programs. Funding: Everything requires money. Funding is a challenge at every level and dictates programs, delivery, opportunity to participate, and at times ability to support growth. Developing a comprehensive fund development plan based on identified needs of the program will help 4-H secure additional funding. Summary of Discussions from I Love 4-H, but...
Leadership: Conferences, club/project governance, and mentoring are some of the ways youth grow their leadership capabilities. Growing leadership opportunities across the organization will enrich the programs 4-H delivers in meaningful ways. Organization: How 4-H is organized in CA may impact communication, what we do, and access to resources. Reorganizing to address administration, management, program development and delivery, and funding challenges may help create additional opportunities for efficiency and combined synergies for shared success and growth. Partnership: Working with each other and increasing external partnerships and supporters will allow 4-H to grow and advance to reach more youth and offer more programs. Record Books: The Online Record Book (ORB) was created to support the development of 21 st century technology skills in youth. It also allows the State to collect information necessary for reporting requirements to USDA, and to see where youth and adults are putting their energy and time to best support these efforts in the future. Some 4-Hers find the record book challenging, and some even find it a deterrent to participation in 4-H. Ongoing assessment of the Record Book, its complexity and any requirements for completion tied to participation is warranted. Youth Adult Partnerships (YAP): 4-H empowers youth to lead with the support and partnership of adults. Some areas of 4-H have become less youth led and more adult directed, and it would be beneficial to look at these areas and ensure youth are represented and provided opportunities to lead and drive the success of 4-H programs. Summary of Discussions from I Love 4-H, but...
Chart the Course
Organization: The CA 4-H organization is complex and has multiple areas which have become unintentionally siloed. If the organization is able to reorganize to best meet the growing and changing needs of the members, volunteers, families and supporters; the organization may be in a better position to help 4-H grow for the next 100+ years. Funding: Continue to build a stronger case for support; reduce costs for youth participation; and increase resources. 4-H Public Relations: 4-H is more than agriculture, its more than cows and cooking. There is a desire to increase awareness, visibility, outreach and participation in the program. Development of a 4-H PR plan and associated marketing materials is needed. Engagement: Build and improve relationships with members, potential members and volunteers, and external advocates; increase knowledge of programs/opportunities; recruit and retain more members and volunteers; and increase diversity of youth and volunteer participants. Communication: Increase communication across the 4-H organization, share opportunities across sections, and improve the flow of information. The Top 5 Areas of Discussion by Level of Interest:
Now Lets Go...
38 Whats the right communication?
Talking Points The Task Force is a cross-organizational group of delegates comprised of 4-H youth, adult volunteers, staff, and external partners supporting 4-Hs mission There are several reasons for the conversation about the Future of CA 4-H, but most relevant are 4 findings from the State 4-H Office which revealed: – Membership decline 59% decrease over the past 40 years in the community club program If this trend continues another 40 years, the 4-H community club program will be nearly non-existent – Need to build capacity for growth More formalized connections, integration, and synergy across the state to free up resources, reduce missed opportunities, and be more effective and efficient in our work – Need for improved communication Communication doesnt flow freely across the organization to reach all families Communication needs to flow down, across, and up the organization to ensure the programs success – Sparse resources There has been reduction in Staff and Adult Volunteers Decreased government funding and an increased need of funding from other sources We met to have an open dialogue around what we love about 4-H and what we dont love so much One key take-away was no matter where people sit in the state their experiences and pain points are similar with a lot of passion around 4-H and frustration around things that keep us from making the best better
Talking Points There was rich conversation and some key themes that emerged resonated with all: – 4-H Public Relations: 4-H has been historically rooted in agriculture, but is much more than that today. 4-H is different than any other youth development organization. 4-H could benefit from a new public image campaign. Perhaps more public service advertising could help build awareness, recruit new members and adult volunteers, and increase support of the programs offered. – Communication: Information doesnt flow easily through the 4-H organization in any direction. Despite efforts to push information down from the State to the local levels, information doesnt get to every individual and locally information doesnt always flow back up to the State so that information becomes 2-way. – Development: 4-H offers amazing opportunities to develop youth and adult volunteers and allow them to grow and progress. There are also areas of improvement such as offering more leader/volunteer development, sharing/increasing resources, and opportunities for older members to continue to develop and learn. – Engagement: Engagement is how we interact, recruit, and retain youth and adults in the program. Relationships and being part of a community are real tangible benefits from being part of 4-H. We want to increase outreach and participation in the program, particularly among underserved and underrepresented populations. 4-H needs to represent the diversity of the communities we serve and provide rich and diverse programs. – Funding: Everything requires money. Funding is a challenge at every level and dictates programs, delivery, opportunity to participate, and at times ability to support growth. Developing a comprehensive fund development plan based on identified needs of the program will help 4-H secure additional funding.
Talking Points – Leadership: Conferences, club/project governance, and mentoring are some of the ways youth grow their leadership capabilities. Growing leadership opportunities across the organization will enrich the programs 4-H delivers in meaningful ways. – Organization: How 4-H is organized in CA may impact communication, what we do, and access to resources. Reorganizing to address administration, management, program development and delivery, and funding challenges may help create additional opportunities for efficiency and combined synergies for shared success and growth. – Partnership: Working with each other and increasing external partnerships and supporters will allow 4-H to grow and advance to reach more youth and offer more programs. – Record Books: The Online Record Book (ORB) was created to support the development of 21 st century technology skills in youth. It also allows the State to collect information necessary for reporting requirements to USDA, and to see where youth and adults are putting their energy and time to best support these efforts in the future. Some 4-Hers find the record book challenging, and some even find it a deterrent to participation in 4-H. Ongoing assessment of the Record Book, its complexity and any requirements for completion tied to participation is warranted. – Youth Adult Partnerships (YAP): 4-H empowers youth to lead with the support and partnership of adults. Some areas of 4-H have become less youth led and more adult directed, and it would be beneficial to look at these areas and ensure youth are represented and provided opportunities to lead and drive the success of 4-H programs.
Talking Points Wed like to get everyones feedback and input on what they love and dont love about the California 4-H Youth Development Program. There is a Facebook page which we would like everyone to join and engage freely in the conversation and there will be 2 separate webinars where we will share a summary of our Task Force session and collect feedback from across the organization. – Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/148321398700801/https://www.facebook.com/groups/148321398700801/ – Webinar/Phone 1 September 10, 6:00 – 7:30 pm Call in line: 1-866-740-1260; participant code - 7524783 URL: http://uc-d.na4.acrobat.com/sacc/http://uc-d.na4.acrobat.com/sacc/ – Webinar/Phone 2 September 18, 6:30 – 8:00 pm Call in line: 1-866-740-1260; participant code - 7524783 URL: http://uc-d.na4.acrobat.com/sacc/http://uc-d.na4.acrobat.com/sacc/ The next steps will be for the Task Force to consolidate the feedback and create a roadmap for California 4-Hs future
Delegates will share information from CA 4-H Future Task Force broadly with the youth, adult volunteers, and staff Use the talking points and meeting content to engage in conversation Participate in the Webinars (September 10 and 18) – The CA 4-H State Office will send email, post on Facebook, and add these to the 4-H Calendar Our next meeting will be a Webinar in October/November The CA 4-H State Office will send a doodle for the future webinar and a future face-to-face meeting The CA 4-H State Office will draft an initial CA 4-H strategy based on input from the broader community and come-up with a straw-man for a plan forward
I 4-H! 1.Identify on an individual level what makes 4-H great, for you. 2.What Makes You Proud to be Associated with 4-H? Group Directions: Break into groups of 3-4 Each group should have at least 1 youth and 1 adult No group can have more than 2 members from the same Section Capture the individual and group thoughts and be prepared to share with the group
Why I love 4-H, why its great, and what makes me proud TopicFocus Area Quality of individual growth for youth and adultDevelopment Life skill development with hands on learningDevelopment Ability to adapt and changeLeadership Ability to create friendships, connections, networksEngagement Creating a 4-H FamilyEngagement Opportunities for citizenship and leadership; that are different than school programs or girl/boy scoutsLeadership Heritage of the program; 100 years and history of family participation4-H PR Committee Work which allows youth to learn life skills and accomplish goalsDevelopment Life skills development and responsibilityDevelopment Opportunities for citizenship, leadership, and community serviceLeadership Youth and Adult partnershipsYouth/Adult Ethics/values of the program4-H PR Passion of the youth, adults, and staff for 4-HEngagement Wealth of knowledge volunteers provide for youthLeadership All the conferences at the sectional and state levels are fun and educationalDevelopment Opportunities for youth to meet more peopleEngagement Safe and encouraging environment for youthEngagement
Why I love 4-H, why its great, and what makes me proud TopicFocus Area The resources available through 4-HDevelopment We love the clover4-H PR We love the color green- it reminds us of 4-H4-H PR The connection to the universityDevelopment Sense of belonging- relationshipsEngagement Its a positive youth development programDevelopment You can start very young; as early as age 5Development Youth are engaged in meaningful ways; particularly in the governance of the program Youth/Adult Leadership/Dev Like to watch youth growDevelopment CamaraderieEngagement Life experiencesDevelopment Opportunities; meeting new people, attending conferences, and developing meaningful life skills Leadership Development History and legacy4-H PR Family involvementEngagement EducationDevelopment Clip art4-H PR Knowing you can make a differenceLeadership
Why I love 4-H, why its great, and what makes me proud TopicFocus Area Availability of outreach/outreach in general Engagement/ Communication Emphasis on leadership development Leadership Development opportunitiesDevelopment Sense of connectionEngagement Ag and livestockDevelopment Diversity of opportunitiesEngagement Creates responsible adultsDevelopment Leadership Progression of learning through the years the way the program is structuredDevelopment Youth and adults share leadershipYAP Youth get to leadLeadership Public speaking skills Leadership Development NetworkingEngagement Developing citizens Leadership/Dev/ Engagement Learning to learnDevelopment
Why I love 4-H, why its great, and what makes me proud TopicFocus Area Generational and family involvement 4-H PR Engagement Traveling locally or nationally; experiencing other cultures Development/ 4-H PR/ Engagement Pride in being associated with the symbols that represent 4-H (logo and uniform)4-H PR Camp opportunities to go to unfamiliar landscapes and step outside ones comfort zoneDevelopment Projects and project leaders who allow diverse personalities diverse experiences created Engagement Development Opportunity for all youth and adultsDevelopment Provides opportunity for growthDevelopment 4-H is nationally recognized and has resources 4-H PR Development Youth are mentored by others than their parents to develop youth/adult relationshipsYAP Education basedDevelopment Wide variety of projects and activities 4-H PR Development 4-H participation is affordableEngagement
Why I love 4-H, why its great, and what makes me proud TopicFocus Area Teaching aspects; adults, teen/junior leaders can also teach Leadership Development 4-H allows you to be part of your communityEngagement Camaraderie; making new friends throughout the stateEngagement Wide range of information one is able to learnDevelopment Learning whats new and being in the know Development Engagement Youth Adult Partnership (YAP)YAP We promote good ole fashioned American Values4-H PR We meet the local needsEngagement Counties have the freedom to be independent and innovative from each otherDevelopment Community service opportunities; service learning and knowing what youre doing to help Leadership Engagement 4-H PR Development YAP The research and evaluationDevelopment ProfessionalismLeadership Level of excellence youth achieveDevelopment
Why I love 4-H, why its great, and what makes me proud TopicFocus Area Community clubs that are local and not associated with schools and available to homeschoolersEngagement Were different from other groups like girl/boy scouts4-H PR Dedicated volunteers Engagement Leadership 4-H teaches life skills which are applicable; financial, public speaking, leadership Development Leadership
I 4-H, but... 1.Identify on an individual level what could make 4-H better, for you. 2.What are your pain points with 4-H? Group Directions: Break into groups of 3-4 Each group should have at least 1 youth and 1 adult No group can have more than 2 members from the same Section Capture the individual and group thoughts, and be prepared to share with the group Share findings with the Group
What I would change about 4-H, how it can be better, my pain points TopicFocus Area Reinforce the connection to the UC system, and we hope the different levels realize their part of a bigger system and know where they fall in the systemOrganization Wed like to strengthen the relationships between the volunteers and staff Engagement Organization Integration of delivery modes on the county level Organization Engagement We want to be on TV; national campaign or at least CA (PSA) 4-H PR Partnership Increase diversity of members but volunteers as wellEngagement Wed like more k-3 curriculum possibly partnering with Ag in the classroom Development Engagement Partnership Wed like to spend less time on administrative paperwork for staff and volunteersOrganization Better communication through the levels; state, counties, clubCommunication More opportunities for youth leadership in all the levelsLeadership More user friendly website for both state and counties Communication 4-H PR More affordable conferences (SLC as example)Funding
What I would change about 4-H, how it can be better, my pain points TopicFocus Area More training opportunities for volunteersDevelopment Online record book- challengesRecord Book Flexibility in implementing mission mandates and thrive Organization Development Different application process for state ambassadors that includes the record keepingOrganization Connection between state, sectional and county field days (consistency)Organization More leadership roles for youth Leadership Engagement Organization Restructure county councilsOrganization Most of the power lies with adults and disseminate the power to the youth YAP Leadership Engagement Organization More educational resources for animal sciencesDevelopment Process to replace sticky volunteersEngagement More advanced projects for older membersDevelopment More progression of learning from year-to-year in projectsDevelopment
What I would change about 4-H, how it can be better, my pain points TopicFocus Area Better training for county council officers Development Leadership New people at sectional levels Organization YAP Leadership Engagement Better ways to keep people informed; newslettersCommunication Involve more youth4-H PR Process to inform and engage people as volunteers; 4-H PR Engagement Communication Organization Formalize and simplify enrollmentOrganization Conflict with parents and volunteers especially at fair Communication Development Leadership Id like members to join any club they like regardless of county lines Organization Engagement Increase retention, so they dont leave after 1-2 yearsEngagement
What I would change about 4-H, how it can be better, my pain points TopicFocus Area ORBRecord book Structure for coordination across 4-H Organization Communication Process to identify more growth in the projectRecord book Lots of conversation around the record book to track/measure growthRecord book Utilize the state initiatives better Organization Development Balance resource allocation to ensure more economically disadvantaged youth can participate without affecting current participationFunding Better connection between initiatives (example of healthy living is by itself) and what we do as 4-H 4-H PR Development Organization More planning so we can raise bigger funds; but we need to figure out where the money goes before we get itFunding Greater communicationCommunication Too much emphasis in winning/earning vs. personal development Development 4-H PR Leadership Cost of participation is highFunding
What I would change about 4-H, how it can be better, my pain points TopicFocus Area Communication network from state down to individual members Communication Organization Increase diversity Engagement 4-H PR Recruitment/publicizing and recruiting older members Engagement 4-H PR Record Book (complexity/time) means its a barrier. Families leave and clubs close enrollment b/c it is too complicated to explain requirements. Keeps people from taking positions b/c of requirements. We could make them optional and incentivize b/c they have valueRecord Book Increase volunteers (recruitment of volunteers)- there is burnout Engagement Organization There is burnout in staff b/c of too much responsibility Engagement Organization Term limits for volunteers so its not a life sentenceOrganization Parents getting way too involved and not letting youth learn from their mistakes Development Engagement Communication 4-H PR YAP
What I would change about 4-H, how it can be better, my pain points TopicFocus Area Increase enrollment in general Engagement 4-H PR Funding Greater synergy and consistence across the state Organization 4-H PR Engaging the newer alumni (19-25) transition age more Development Engagement Organization Greater youth voice in governance (example advisory groups, sectional/state councils) YAP Leadership Engagement Organization Development Encouraging community programs- other delivery modes Organization Development Engagement Counties implementing current priorities (thrive, National Youth Science Day) Development Organization 4-H PR People dont know what State Council does- more effective communicationCommunication
What I would change about 4-H, how it can be better, my pain points TopicFocus Area Increase participation in animal and citizenship projects 4-H PR Engagement More money- increase fund developmentFunding Creating safe and inclusive environment for volunteers (small progressive roles and opportunities where they they feel included)Engagement Inadequate staff support in counties- we want more staff Funding Organization Lack of outreach, media and visibility of 4-H (PSA during normal hours) 4-H PR Funding Need to do more outreach and be more open to new audiences (some events happen on Saturday which is Sabbath for some, so why cant we switch off for some Sunday events) Funding 4-H PR Engagement Need to look at other 4-H delivery modes like project clubs (horse club) Engagement Organization Realization of changes to CA demographics, family structures, volunteerism, and UC staffing Engagement Communication Increase internal awareness of other models, programs, and processes Communication Engagement Lower the 4-H enrollment fee- make more $$Funding Promote non-livestock projects4-H PR
What I would change about 4-H, how it can be better, my pain points TopicFocus Area Provide new challenges to 4-H teens; especially those not interested in teaching other youth Development YAP Communication; access to information,making it more easily availableCommunication Having multiple methods available for information distributionCommunication Consistency, especially policy from county to county (reward and recognition) Organization Communication More Funding for counties, especially for staffFunding Marketing; not just cows and cookies- what is it?4-H PR Better volunteer/staff training, particularly in conflict resolution and make it convenient so they dont have to travel far Development Leadership Funding Easier transitions from HS to college in 4-H Engagement Organization Leadership Transitions within the program with volunteers/staff so they dont get burned out and volunteers arent expected to recreate or run it forever Engagement Organization Development Leadership More enthusiasm at the county level so there is more engagement at the sectional/state levels Engagement Communication 4-H PR
What I would change about 4-H, how it can be better, my pain points TopicFocus Area More funding for local clubs and county programsFunding Maintain Ag as part of the 4-H identity 4-H PR Development Keep the rural part of 4-H engaged as we increase urban reach/involvementEngagement Reorganize the state newsletter based on the audienceCommunication More open dialogue between the staff, volunteers and youthCommunication More outside partnerships between 4-H and other groups Partnerships 4-H PR Participate in additional National 4-H events, i.e. 4-H Congress Development Organization Funding Communication Better communication between counties and sections Communication Organization Change the non-official 4-H uniform Engagement Communication Help improve the 4-H State councils relevancy to teens Engagement Communication YAP