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1 The JMG Group... Junior Master Gardener Program ® Cultivating Youth and Communities through Gardening!

2 JMG... Cultivating Youth and Communities through Gardening! The JMG ® Group... To get started: Identify a group of youth. This may be a school group, 4-H club, home school group, or after- school program. The program is flexible and can be offered to many different groups and in many different environments.

3 JMG... Cultivating Youth and Communities through Gardening! The JMG ® Group... Next.. Identify a leader or teacher willing to be the contact for the JMG group. This can be anyone interested in working with youth. The JMG leader does not have to be a Master Gardener. If a JMG leader needs garden resources and information they can contact their local county Extension service for gardening support.

4 JMG... Cultivating Youth and Communities through Gardening! The JMG ® Group... An important step is to REGISTER your JMG group. The registration packet is four pages and located in the appendix of the JMG curricula.

5 JMG... Cultivating Youth and Communities through Gardening! The JMG ® Group... Why should I register my group? Registering your group is fast and free. There are no annual fees and your are not obligated to complete the program. Registering gives us a way of knowing where our program is working and how we can provide program updates and information to you.

6 JMG... Cultivating Youth and Communities through Gardening! The JMG ® Group... Registered JMG groups receive: Registration certificate Their own JMG web page JMG Updates Opportunity for Certification and Recognition Support from Cooperative Extension

7 JMG... Cultivating Youth and Communities through Gardening! The JMG ® Group... What will be in the cost of utilizing the JMG program? Each group will have a different incurred cost. It all depends upon how many youth are in the group, the type of activities the group chooses to complete, and the type of garden. Factors to consider: Registration is Free Curriculum Cost (quantity discount) Cost of activity supplies Cost of garden and supplies

8 JMG... Cultivating Youth and Communities through Gardening! The JMG ® Group... Each JMG group can have their own JMG page on the JMG web site. Check out these two registered JMG groups by clicking on the picture. Positive Planters Positive Planters St. Joseph Eagles St. Joseph Eagles

9 Recognition Opportunities Cultivating Youth and Communities through Gardening! Junior Master Gardener Program ®

10 JMG... Cultivating Youth and Communities through Gardening! Recognition Opportunities Choose the recognition opportunity that works best for your JMG group. Some groups choose one type of recognition, while others use a combination of recognition opportunities. Certified Junior Master Gardener, Golden Ray Series Certification, Or JMG Recognition Medals

11 JMG... Cultivating Youth and Communities through Gardening! Certification – Level One Becoming a Certified Junior Master Gardener is the highest level of program participation. Youths can earn certification as a Junior Master Gardener in Level One, by completing the minimum requirements listed below. Belong to a registered JMG group. Complete 1 group activity per learning concept in each chapter. Complete 1 individual activity per teaching concept in each chapter. Complete 1 community service/leadership project per chapter. The JMG core curriculum contains eight chapters with a total of 44 teaching concepts. Therefore, youth complete a total of 44 group activities, 44 individual activities and eight community service/leadership projects to become certified Junior Master Gardeners.

12 JMG... Cultivating Youth and Communities through Gardening! Golden Ray Series sm Certification The Golden Ray Series is recognition offered to youth that complete a small part of the Level One JMG program. Groups can choose to focus on one chapter or topic. Youth can receive Golden Ray Series certification in all eight chapters of the Level One curriculum and/or Health and Nutrition from the Garden. Belong to a registered JMG group. Complete any combination of 12 activities (group, individual, or a combination of both). Complete one life skill/career exploration activity from chapter eight. Participate in one community service project. For youths to receive their certification certificates, the JMG Teacher/Leader should submit the JMG Completion Form to their State JMG Coordinator or the National JMG Program office. Click here for the completion form.

13 JMG... Cultivating Youth and Communities through Gardening! Certification – Level One When youth complete the requirements to become a Certified Junior Master Gardener or certify in a Golden Ray Series the JMG leader submits the Completion Form to the JMG program office (the completion form is the last page of the JMG registration packet). The JMG Program Office will then send the JMG leader the appropriate certificates for each youth. Groups can also purchase Certified JMG medals for each youth.

14 JMG... Cultivating Youth and Communities through Gardening! JMG ® Recognition Medals Youth can receive a chapter medal for any of the eight chapters in the JMG Level 1 curriculum for completing any 6 activities from the Teacher/Leader Guide, Youth handbook, or a combination of these books.

15 JMG... Cultivating Youth and Communities through Gardening! JMG ® Recognition Medals Youth can receive a Service Crest Medal for completing a service project for any of the eight chapters of the JMG curriculum. These medals are made to fit together with the chapter medals. Service Crest Service Crest and Chapter Medal

16 JMG... Cultivating Youth and Communities through Gardening! JMG ® Recognition Medals Youth who receive Golden Ray Series Certification can purchase Golden Ray Shield medals. These medals are made to fit together with the chapter medals and service crest. Golden Ray ShieldGolden Ray Shield, Service Crest, and Chapter Medal

17 JMG... Cultivating Youth and Communities through Gardening! Certification – Level Two Checklist for earning certification in Level Two Complete and mail in registration packet Complete ONE group activity per Teaching Concepts Read the Mission Brief Complete ONE mission option per Teaching Concepts Complete one activity as a group from Life Skills and Career Exploration section Group completes one service learning or leadership project

18 JMG... Cultivating Youth and Communities through Gardening! Certification – Level Two To Obtain Recognition: Teacher/Leader sends in the completion form Each youth receives certificate

19 Cultivating Youth and Communities through Gardening! JMG Garden Shop Junior Master Gardener Program ®

20 JMG... Cultivating Youth and Communities through Gardening! JMG ® Garden Shop Now at JMG we have more than just curriculum. They have Medals T-shirts White collared shirts Denim button-down shirts Note cards Hats!

21 JMG... Cultivating Youth and Communities through Gardening! JMG ® Garden Shop To order JMG items: By Phone: By Phone: JMG-KIDS By Fax: By Fax: By Mail: By Mail: JMG Kids 4066 State Hwy 6 South College Station, TX On-Line: On-Line:

22 JMG... Cultivating Youth and Communities through Gardening! For More Information For JMG program information contact the National JMG Program Office Junior Master Gardener Program 225 Horticulture Forestry Sciences Building College Station, TX Phone: Fax:


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