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Mass 4-H

Massachusetts 4-H is a youth development program open to all young people ages 5 through 18 throughout the Commonwealth. It is part of a nationwide system connected to each land-grant institution of higher education and as such, has access to a wealth of resources and curriculum. In Massachusetts, 4-H is based at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has offices in seven regions of the state.

Based on the Eight Essential Elements of Positive Youth Development, 4-H helps young people learn life skills under the guidance of trained, screened volunteers in non-formal educational settings such as clubs, camps and afterschool programs. These Essential Elements can also be viewed as the Five “C’s” – Competence, Confidence, Connection, Character and Caring.  When young people work on these characteristics they demonstrate a Sixth “C”: Contribution to self, family, community and the institutions of a civil society.

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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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    2022 STEAM Festival

    March 14, 2022

    The second annual UMass 4-H STEAM Festival was held over the winter and an awards ceremony was held on Pi Day March 14.  The program kicked off with a PI Day activity, pledges by 4-H'ers and a slideshow of many exhibits.  The Juniors really outdid themselves sweeping the STEAM categories and a few cloverbuds wowed us with their work. Many of the classes remained the same with a few additions this year based on feedback received.  The classes were also arranged in the general categories of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math with a miscellaneous category so we could see what other STEAM projects 4-H'ers are doing and intersted in as we continue to grow this opportunity.