Community Engagement Workshop

This past weekend, the Trapp River North Stars held a community workshop.

This included a presentation by the AmeriCorps VISTA in the 4-H office, and a visit from one of the local police dogs.

The first part of workshop started with a Post-it note activity.  There were two categories. How? and Why?  The 4-Hers then had to write down ideas of how you do community service and why you do community service and put each note in the proper place.  This is what they came up with.

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This gave me an idea of what they already knew, and let me tell you, they knew a lot.  I was really impress by one response in the Why? section.

“It humbles you to see other people’s situations and appreciate what you have.”

That right there tells me that she understands what community service is about.

I made a few Wordles of what they gave me.  This is how they turned out.

After that we did the Putting together the 4-H Puzzle activity.  It did take them awhile to figure out what was wrong with their puzzle. I saw a few people try to use all their pieces anyway, even though they did not fit.  I think that worked well, the only thing I would have changed would have been my lead in for it.  Since it was the first time I had run that activity, I think it went pretty well.

The last thing we did was do a human knot.  This is something that is very old, and sometimes over done.  In a setting where only a few people have done the challenge, it works great to get across the message of needing to work together.  Here are some pictures of what they looked like.

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Over all, I think it was a great learning experience for the youth as well as for the presenter. I am so glad I had this opportunity, and hope to have more in the future.

 

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Community Engagement – Puzzle Piece

Here is something that came out of an engaging and sustaining youth leadership conference last fall.  I think its a great tool to use with older youth as well as adults.

The directions for Putting Together the 4-H Puzzle are here.

Let me know how this works for you!

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Hmong Heritage Month

April is Hmong Heritage Month.

According to the 2010 Census:
      –  5.3% of the population in Marathon County is Asian.
–  2.3% of the population in Wisconsin is Asian.

In Wausau this past weekend there was a cultural fair at one of the local high schools.

4-H joined in the festivities.  It was quite a bit of fun.

Here are some pictures of our booth with WNEP.

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Check to see if there are any events in your area! It was fun!

A Warm Thank-You

In the mail, I received a very warm thank you note from the Neighbor’s Place of Wausau.  This was because I had collected four gifts to donate to them for the Holidays.

I hope next year clubs will do something like this!

I’m also hoping to partner with them next year to get a bigger donation.

Thank you so much for your help!

Leadership Summit Opportunity!

This summer, Marathon County UW-Extension partnered with community partners such as WIPPS (Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service), United Way, KidsVote, and local businesses to put together the “Engaging and Sustaining Leadership in Marathon County Summit” on January 12th, 2012 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

At this FREE summit will share findings of our research, as well as engage attendees in conversations about the topic of involvement and leadership within our own community. This will include conversations about what we are doing now, what we should be doing, and how we can change thing for our future.

The summit will include a keynote speaker, Congressman Sean Duffy, as well as panel discussions from other community leaders in business, non-profit, and government.

There will also be a chance to win door prizes as well!

Registration is now open! Deadline to sign up is January 3rd!

Register online at: http://conta.cc/Q0dElh.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity!