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Welcome to Kentucky State University's 4-H Youth Development Program
What we do and who we are:
4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. More than 6 million 4-H youth in urban neighborhoods, suburban communities and rural farming communities participate in 4-H.
As the youth development program of the nation’s land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System,
4-H fosters a “learn by doing” approach. Activities, events, and programs are centered around three program areas: science, healthy living, and citizenship.
The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development, a longitudinal study conducted by the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University, shows youth engaged with 4-H are:
- Nearly two times more likely to get better grades in school
- Nearly two times more likely to plan to go to college
- 41 percent less likely to engage in risky behaviors
- 25 percent more likely to positively contribute to their families and communities
Because Kentucky State University 4-H Youth Development program is committed to the health and well-being of all youth in our programs, we are closely monitoring and responding to the global COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. We are committed to understanding and complying with all guidelines and regulations provided and established by the Kentucky State University, CDC, WHO and local health agencies.
Topic: 4-H Ignite Youth Conference
Middle school students will participate in engaging workshops in which they will discover and explore their unique interest and talents.
There is no cost for this program and lunch will be provided.
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Contact: Travella Free
This program will expose youth to new innovative sustainable food practices. The program consists of three modules. The LEARN module includes discussions about healthy nutrition and eating habits and exposure to new foods. The second module, CREATE, will assist students in creating their own “garden” to grow their own food. This module includes container and urban gardens to grow their own food. The third module, DEMONSTRATE, is designed to celebrate the fruits of their labor by hosting a garden-to-table food demonstration.
Topic: Summer Transportation Institute Summer Camps
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AgDiscovery is a unique opportunity for students to explore agricultural sciences, and gain knowledge about careers in animal and plant disciplines, wildlife management, veterinary medicine, biotechnology, entomology, food safety, food production, agribusiness, forestry, and much more.
The Kentucky State University AgDiscovery (AgD) Program is a two-week, residential program targeting diverse students from limited-resource communities interested in careers in animal science and veterinary medicine.
Check back for general information about AgDiscovery Program
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1890 Center of Excellence to Motivate and Educate for Achievement
The 1890 Center of Excellence to Motivate and Educate for Achievement (MEA) is dedicated to encouraging and supporting young people from underrepresented minority groups to pursue studies and careers in the food, agriculture, natural resources and human (FANH) sciences and the broader STEM fields.
The MEA Center of Excellence presents the STEM Scholars Academy. The goal of this program is to provide high school student’s opportunities to explore STEM fields and increase interest in attending college and studying STEM; and prepare undergraduate students and high school students to succeed by providing purposefully structured resources and mentorships to address students’ needs. The STEM Scholars Academy will also provide high school students experiential learning opportunities. During the school year, mentors and mentees will meet virtually twice each month at a set time. Each mentoring session will have a planned topic with guided activities. These guided sessions will focus on content that will increase undergraduate and high school students’ competency in time management, study skills, communication, and understanding of workforce options, college application timelines, writing admission essays, letters of recommendation, financial aid, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and scholarships.
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STEM Scholars Academy: College Readiness Program for High School Students
Mentors can play an important role supporting high school students as they make critical academic and career decisions during the transition to college. For students and their families, preparing for post secondary opportunities can be an overwhelming, confusing, and stressful process. Having a mentor to help guide the process is beneficial for both young adults and their families. Apply today!
Requirements: Must be a KYSU College Student, Participate in Mentor Training, commit to at least one year, provide a clean background check, earn a stipend for participation, Mentor high school students online, and Have Fun!
Topic: CLUB KYSU: A Virtual 4-H Club
Enroll as an individual and explore the project
Participate in online lesson plans and activities with the simple supplies and materials you have at home! Create a Google account and register for our 4-H Google Classroom! This online classroom for 3rd – 8th grade students is a one stop shop with access to online resources available as well as activities and lesson plans created and developed by Kentucky State University 4-H Program. Once registered, you will receive a link and each week receive hands-on 4-H Activities, online resources, and interactive videos in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) Education.
Join us for live fun and hands-on activities every Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 4-H Live is an extension of our 4-H summer camp programs. In this 8 day series from June – July, participate in live sessions in cooking, gardening, STEM, and arts and crafts projects.
We will continue to monitor the Coronavirus outbreak and the guidance of public health officials and will provide updates on our response as appropriate.