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San Antonio students travel to Padre Island to participate in beach cleanup

More than 50 students and parents from 4-H programs at Leal Middle School, Harlandale High School and St. John Berchmans Catholic School recently traveled by school bus to Padre Island to participate in the 2018 Big Shell Cleanup at the Padre Island National Seashore. The Padre Island National Seashore separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Laguna Madre. The park protects 70 miles of coastline, dunes, prairies and wind flats, and provides a habitat for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle and more than 380 bird species.

St. John Berchmans Family Pumpkin Carving Night Oct. 2016

The students and parents are enjoying an evening of pumpkin carving, food, BLT food dessert demonstration (pumpkin smoothie), 4-H Food Challenge information, and a visit from National Program Leader, Dr. Williams.
St. John Berchmans 4-Her's displaying their carved pumpkins.

University of Georgia: Project G.R.O.W.L. Annual Report

Project G.R.O.W.L. (Growing Real Opportunities in Work and Life in Agriculture) is an after-school 4-H Club in East Point, GA and Riverdale, GA. The program's focus areas include urban agriculture, entrepreneurship, communication, leadership and self-worth. Having just completed our first year of programming, there are a lot of great things to share! Our annual report includes the accomplishments of our first year recruits, demographics, retention rate and the various experiences our 4-H'ers were involved in.

In Their Corner

Sitting at The Muhammad Ali Center in view of the Ohio River, Jesse Hobson, 22 of Louisville, talks of idolizing Ali and how he enjoys playing the video game Fight Night so he can pretend he is the champion boxer. Like Ali, Hobson has been bouncing back from punches his entire life. Although he will readily admit that most of them have been self-inflicted. Hobson is just one of 555 adults between 18 and 24 who have stayed in a Louisville homeless shelter during the past year, according to the Coalition for the Homeless.

WeCook After School Program Presents Poster at Two Conferences

Poster titled "Engaging Youth in Innovative Food and Fitness Lessons to Improve Knowledge and Skills Among 4th and 5th Graders" presented at the 2016 Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior and National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Conferences.

WeCook Poster

Project GROWL Junior Camp

Project GROWL recently hosted Junior Camp on Tybee Island, GA at the Burton 4-H Center. The GROWL'ers had such a great time! The week was filled with environmental educational workshops and social opportunities. Some of the experiences included a trip to the beach, shopping on Tybee Island, and going on a ghost tour and having dinner on a riverboat in Savannah, GA. The GROWL'ers met new friends from all over the district. Most importantly, they were open to trying new experiences, making new friends, and making the most of their week at camp.

Nebraska WeCook

Check out the story the university did on Nebraska’s CYFAR project. http://ianrnews.unl.edu/wecook-after-school-program-engaging-local-underserved-youth

Oakland 4-H CYFAR Club: "4-H's Got Talent"

Members of the Oakland 4-H CYFAR club demonstrated healthy living by dancing in the Area 9 "4-H's Got Talent" contest. Almost 30 3rd & 4th graders, who just learned about 4-H three months ago, got up on stage and performed in front of almost 100 people in the audience. Their performance earned them a chance to perform at the 2016 Indiana State Fair! A video of their performance is at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1yW03COyUrZVjRaVFFxdmcyaXc/view?usp=sharing

Cornell University CYFAR SCP

National 4-H Council recently named Cornell University’s CYFAR CITIZEN U Teen Leader Nosa Akol recipient of the 2015 4-H Youth in Action Award, the organization’s highest honor for a 4-H’er. Nosa was selected out of more than 80 candidates nationwide because of her proven commitment to overcoming personal challenges, empowering her peers and driving positive change in her community. 

Texas A&M Sustainable Community Project

Community leaders, realizing a critical need among impoverished families in the San Antonio inner city, created Hope for the Future as a way out of the cycle of poverty for their children. Hope for the Future has awarded tuition assistance funds to 9,800 students in the San Antonio Archdiocese.