4-H Dairy Club now enrolling members
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4-H Dairy Club now enrolling members

Announcement from CCE-Tompkins:

Over 5000 young people aged 5 to19 take part in 4-H activities in Tompkins County each year!
Interested in Dairy?
Join The Milk Duds 4-H Club

WHAT:       Milk Duds is a 4-H group that focuses mainly on the dairy industry.  Youth will have the opportunity to
have hands-on learning opportunities in the dairy industry.
WHO:        Youth ages 8 and over
WHEN:       Meetings once per month beginning on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
WHERE:     The host farm is in Dryden, and the educational meetings will be held at 4-H Acres on Lower Creek Rd.

PLANNED ACTIVITIES:
Each member will participate in hands on activities including grooming, feeding, leading, bedding and learning milking procedures.  Students will learn about animal behavior, safety on the farm, breed identification, anatomy, handling and training for show, health, and nutrition. Students will also learn about broad topics in agriculture relating to the dairy industry such as organic farming, sustainability and global agriculture through interactive activities.  Animals will be available next spring for members who want to show at the 4-H Youth Fair.

INTERESTING FACTS:

A recent longitudinal study, conducted by Drs. Richard and Jacqueline Lerner at the institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University, discovered that the structured out-of-school time learning, leadership experiences, and adult mentoring that young people receive through their participation in 4-H plays a vital role in helping them achieve success.  Compared to their peers, the findings show that youth involved in 4-H programs excel in several areas.  4-H’ers are nearly 4 times more likely to make contributions to their communities, and 2 times more likely to be civically active.  4-H young people are nearly 2 times more likely to participate in Science, Engineering and Computer Technology programs during out-of-school time and 4-H girls are 2 times more likely and nearly 3 times more likely to take part in science programs compared to girls in other out-of- school time activities.  Finally, 4-H’ers are nearly 2 times more likely to make healthier choices.

CONTACT:
Please contact Donna O’Hora (dlo1@cornell.edu) or Stephanie Gumaer (sgumaer@gmail.com) for additional information.

There is a $10 county enrollment fee to join the Milk Duds. The 4-H club program seeks to empower youth and adults to develop life skills through experiential learning.

**Additional 4-H clubs throughout Tompkins County are now enrolling new members.
There are 15 different clubs, each with their own characteristics in regards to age of members, location and frequency of meetings, and project work offered.  Clubs with programming in the following project areas are seeking new members:  environment and water quality, learning about a variety of farm animals including dairy, poultry and rabbits, and dog training. A number of general interest clubs are also accepting members at this time.

The 4-H club program is available to youth 5 – 18 years of age. Clubs are coordinated and projects taught by trained and carefully screened adult volunteers. Parent participation is encouraged. There is a $10.00 county registration fee, and individual clubs determine how to meet their financial obligations.  The 4-H club program seeks to empower youth and adults to develop life skills through experiential learning.
A resent longitudinal study, conducted by Drs. Richard and Jacqueline Lerner at the institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University, discovered that the structured out-of-school time learning, leadership experiences, and adult mentoring that young people receive through their participation in4-H plays a vital role in helping them achieve success.  Compared to their peers, the findings show that youth involved in 4-H programs excel in several areas.  4-H’ers are nearly 4 times more likely to make contributions to their communities, and 2 times more likely to be civically active.  4-H young people are nearly 2 times more likely to participate in Science, Engineering and Computer Technology programs during out-of-school time and 4-H girls are 2 times more likely and nearly 3 times more likely to take part in science programs compared to girls in other out-of- school time activities.  Finally, 4-H’ers are nearly 2 times more likely to make healthier choices.

4-H club year begins October 1 – join today!  Contact Brenda Carpenter, btc6@cornell.edu, 272-2292 to learn more about a 4-H club program that can meet the developmental needs and interests of your child/ren.  Find more information about the 4-H program at ccetompkins.org.

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