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Massachusetts 4-H News

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    Changes at the Helm

    October 15, 2022
    Dear UMass Extension 4-H Community,    I want to welcome you to a new 4-H year! I am positive this year will be filled with exciting educational opportunities for all members of our 4-H community. As 4-H staff, volunteers, and members, we are all stewards of the 4-H program, and it is our privilege to uphold the tenets of Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. As a community that stretches from the western most point of the Berkshire Mountains to the eastern most point of the Cape-we offer a wonderfully rich and diverse 4-H program.
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    National 4-H Agri-science Summit

    July 17, 2022
    National 4-H Agri-Science Summit: The National 4-H Youth Summit for Agri-Science brings together teen agriculture and science leaders from across the country to focus on learning about and solving agri-science issues impacting our communities and our economy. Our 2022 team worked with several of the 2021 team to update their action plan and prepare. Our on the ground team consisted of Hope H. and Owen W. of Plymouth with chaperone Meg Riley, local 4-H Educator.
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    UMASS Art Department Collaboration

    April 30, 2022
    The UMass Art Department partnered with the UMass 4-H Youth Development Program to offer a hybrid program on designing Apps for youth ages 10-13.  Then on April 9th the 4-H'ers joined Professor Jeffery Kasper’s UMass Art students on campus for a Design-A-Thon where they learned about taking their plans and using a program called “Marvelapp”.
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    UMass 4-H Visual Presentation Day

    April 2, 2022
    UMass 4-H held the 2022 4-H Visual Presentation Day in April for all youth ages 8-19 who qualified at their local level.  Public Speaking is an important life skill that is taught through 4-H projects during the year and culminates at the 4-H Visual Presentation Day.  Pictured is Molly Quinn of Middleboro MA with her blue ribbon and rosette with her presentation on Mushroom Spore Printing.  Molly belongs to the Soule Kids 4-H Club in Plymouth County.   
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    2023 STEAM Festival

    November 18, 2022
    The third annual UMass 4-H STEAM Festival will kick off in December.  We will announce the new theme for the ShoeBox parade and some new classes being added.  See the November 18th NewsBlast on how to get involved.   
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    2021 National 4-H Congress

    November 30, 2021
    4-H MEMBERS ATTEND 2021 NATIONAL 4-H CONGRESS. Six 4-H youth represented Massachusetts at the 100th National 4-H Congress, held November 26-30, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, in Atlanta, Georgia. Over 900 delegates from across the United States and Puerto Rico, gathered to participate in this year’s special 100th celebration “A CENTURY OF Empowering Youth” Congress
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    National Team Places Well

    November 8, 2021
    Our horse teams flew to Louisville, KY for the Eastern National Roundup. They are also traveling to the KY Derby Museum, the KY Horse Park and Claiborne Farms. https://claibornefarm.com Claiborne Farm - Learn for yourself why Claiborne is known as one of the most iconic Thoroughbred breeding farms in Kentucky’s Horse Country! Schedule a tour and see where the legendary Secretariat was buried, and walk the grounds where many other famous racehorses called home. The teams have been practicing since June both in-person and Zoom. We have Hippology, Horse Bowl, Horse Judging and Speech along with Individual and Team Presenters. Sixteen youth are attending along with their four coaches.
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    4-H Kicks of the New Year

    September 1, 2021
    New 4-H Year kicks off September 1st Fall is an exciting time in the 4-H program as youth complete their records for the previous year, set new goals for the new year and show their 4-H spirit.  September 7th- 4honline opens for re-enrollment October 1st – Records are due in the office October 3rd- October 9th is National 4-H Week October 6th – 2021 STEM Challenge “Galactic Quest” blasts off October 6-17th -Fall Paper Clover Campaign at Tractor Supply Company Stores 4-H 101 and Animal Science Programs offered as we launch back post Covid-19
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    2021 Massachusetts 4-H Virtual Fair (Deadline to enter 7/31)

    June 28, 2021
    Join us for the Second Annual Massachusetts Virtual 4-H Fair! It is kicking off July 1st-31st , 2021. Entry deadline is July 31st. Results will be announced on August 9th at 7pm via Zoom. Participation in the fair gives you the opportunity to get feedback on your projects before the show season is in full swing. We have made the upload process easier this year. Hope to see you at the fair!
  • Pledge Image courtesy of Cornell Cooperative Extension

    Earth Day 4-H Club Challenge

    October 1, 2021
    A Season of Thanks and Service Earth Day Club Challenge  April 1st – September 1st (Forms Due October 1st) “...I pledge my hands to larger service... for my club my community my country and my world.”  These words found in our 4-H pledge are meaningful to so many of today’s 4-H families as they have been to past members and volunteers throughout the years. Community Service has been one of the main components of 4-H programming over time.   

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