Launch rockets. Experiment with air pressure. Decorate cakes. Make (and eat!) a meal. For the youth participating in Denver 4-H programs at the St. Charles Recreation Center these are some of the activities available to them.
CSU Denver Extension 4-H and the St. Charles Recreation Center are partnering on programs for youth and word of mouth is spreading in the St. Charles community. The number of youth showing up for programs is steadily increasing. Programs are so packed kids are spilling into the hallways. 4-H staff and volunteers are always greeted by kids running up to see what the program will be that day.
Youth have built and launched rockets, sucked the air out of marshmallows, made flowers out of frosting and learned about Native American history while preparing a traditional Native American meal. Over 400 youths have been involved in programs since 4-H and St. Charles began their partnership in October. This is just the beginning as there are many upcoming programs already scheduled.
Programs are typically 90 minutes and some run for just one session while others are a six-week series. The 4-H mission is to empower youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults. 4-H programming is designed to create a safe environment with hands-on programs for youth to learn by doing.
4-H staff or volunteers run the programs. Programs are determined by demand and interest of youth and 4-H is working hard to be sure enough volunteers are on hand to meet the demand. Volunteers are carefully screened by 4-H including background check completion and reference check. Some volunteers are from the community, others may be students or simply adults looking to make a difference in the lives of youth.
St. Charles is just one location where 4-H Denver is getting involved in communities. Other Denver recreation centers, such as La Alma and Cook Park, and many Denver schools are also running 4-H programs. For more information on 4-H programs and community involvement or to become a volunteer please contact Ashlee Adams at (720) 913-5209 or email@example.com.
Updated Saturday, September 25, 2010