Each month Abundance is highlighting a local non-profit that benefits our community, collecting funds for that project through donations made both at our registers (Round Up*) and online (Paypal) via our website, email communications, and social media channels. For the month of June, the co-op will be supporting Monroe County 4-H!
4-H is a worldwide youth development program available in every state and over eighty countries. It is open to all youth aged 5-to-19, who want to have fun, learn new skills, and explore the world. In return, youth who participate in 4-H find a supportive environment and opportunities for hands-on or “experiential” learning about things that interest them. They also get what all young people need to succeed in life–the confidence, compassion and connections with caring adults to make contributions to their communities. The mission of Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development is to unleash the power of youth and adults through diverse opportunities that meet community needs.
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*Round Up is a program where shoppers can donate, or Round UP, to the cause of the month at the register when they are checking out with their groceries. This is done in the store. This year we started developing web pages for our collection drives and collecting money online for those various endeavors. We track all the money we make, and one hundred percent of the money is given to the charity/cause. Abundance shoppers and shareholders have been giving back to the community by rounding up their purchase totals since 2014!
Get to know Monroe County 4-H
The Monroe County 4-H is a youth development program that serves youth throughout Monroe County. We, the Monroe County 4-H team, and 4-H nationally believe that all youth should be given the opportunity to learn and grow through the educational programs offered and the positive adult and peer relationships that come with being part of 4-H.
Monroe County 4-H
All youth activities offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County fall under the 4-H umbrella, whether they happen after school, in the summer, or as a workshop, club, camp, or special event. 4-H programs are offered in a wide variety of formats and places because they’re designed to fit the interests and needs of the diverse young people who live in our rural, suburban, and urban communities.
Nationally 4-H is a community of 6 million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. The 4-H community also includes 3,500 staff, 518,000 volunteers and 60 million alumni. 4-H’ers participate in fun, hands-on learning activities, supported by the latest research of land-grant universities, that are focused on three areas:
Citizenship – Civic engagement is the broadest mission mandate; it incorporates youth voice, leadership, respect, history, community youth development, SET, and Healthy Lifestyles.
Healthy Lifestyles – “Choose Health” is an initiative of the Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program intended to help all of us confront and take action to change the statistics of childhood obesity. This link includes project resources, promotional materials, and more!
Science, Engineering and Technology – Kids who participate in science activities outside of the classroom are more likely to be comfortable with science. This link takes you to numerous 4-H Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) projects that give families science enrichment opportunities and connect kids to Cornell’s science outreach programs.
4-H IS HANDS-ON LEARNING
Learning in 4-H is an active, intentional and reflective process where young people develop understanding, skills, and new habits. The nature of the experiences can be vastly different in 4-H but the underlying process and educational philosophy should reflect the same core principles.
1. Animal Sciences
The Cornell University Department of Animal Science has active extension programs for young producers of dairy, beef, sheep, goats, swine, poultry and horses. In addition, the youth extension program provides for the interests of many of its clients in pet animals such as dogs, cats and rabbits.
The 4-H mission in NYS is to connect youth to hands-on learning opportunities that help them grow into competent, caring, contributing members of society. In the Animal Science program, rural, suburban and urban young people enjoy animal-related projects that enhance knowledge and skills in biology and production systems, as well as encourage personal development.
2. Community Clubs
4-H Clubs provide a wide variety of opportunities for young people aged 5-to-19.
Monroe County’s 4-H club members have varied interests and strengths that make each club unique. Having fun is usually a shared interest!
If youth have a hobby or interest that they would like to explore and enjoy being with friends, join a 4-H club where members learn something new while having fun, improving communication and leadership skills, and serving their community. If there isn’t already a 4-H club that meets your needs, our 4-H staff can help a parent or adult volunteer organize and support a club.
3. Healthy Living
Focus areas for 4‑H healthy living programs include nutrition, childhood obesity, drug awareness, bullying prevention, health and fitness, safety, stress management, and food science. Programs are designed to help 4‑H youth learn about living a healthy lifestyle through fun, hands-on activities and projects and are available through schools, 4‑H clubs, and camps.
4. Life Skills
4-H is an organization committed to helping young people develop skills that will help them succeed. We want to empower all youth to reach their full potential.
5. School-Based Programs
Ag in the Classroom:
- Integrating the National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum into STEM units
- Connecting school curriculum to careers – Identifying and integrating specific examples of Ag-tech careers in Monroe County that can serve to engage and motivate students in STEM.
- Using Monroe County data for Inquiry – Incorporating data from a variety of citizen science projects (e.g. Bird Sleuth, Habitat Network, Monarch Watch, iMapInvasives, GLOBE, Stream Monitoring Network) into specific STEM units.
We currently utilize the following kits-
- WeDo 2.0 – Strengthens students’ understanding of the eight science and engineering practices, including asking questions and solving problems, modeling, prototyping, investigating, analyzing and interpreting data, computational thinking, creating evidence based arguments, and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information. Appropriate for grades 2-3.
- LEGO MINDSTORMS – Students design and build programmable robots using high quality motors, sensors, gears, wheels, axles, and other technical components. The solution enables students to understand and interpret two-dimensional drawings to create three-dimensional models; build, test troubleshoot and revise designs to improve robot performance; Gain practical, hands-on experience using mathematical concepts such as estimating and measuring distance, time and speed. Appropriate for grades 4-6.
- Sustainable school gardens for pollinators, produce / herbs, rain gardens
- School cafeteria recycling and food waste-to-compost systems
- Stream macroinvertebrate identification and water quality monitoring
4-H Youth Development is part of Cornell Cooperative Extension. CCE research shows that New York youth credit their 4-H clubs with making them better citizens, leaders, and communicators. Research from Tufts University shows that 4-H youth are competent, confident, caring, and connected, and that they exhibit strong character.
The Tufts study shows that 4-H’ers contribute more to their families and communities, achieve higher grades in school and are more likely to go to college than youth who are not in 4-H, or even youth who participate in other out-of-school programs. In addition, youth involved in 4-H lead healthier, more productive lives, are less likely to suffer from depression and are less likely to participate in risky behaviors like drinking and smoking.