Meeting offers information about 4-H

Are you interested in science, technology, engineering and math and want to share your knowledge? Are you scared of science but know it is important? Are you interested in volunteering with area youth to teach them science skills?

Do you want to take your county 4-H livestock programs to the next level? Are you interested in how SPARK Clubs can be used to enhance your county livestock program?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the 4-H Grows Science or 4-H Grows Livestock Volunteer Workshop is the place to be.

The workshop will be Jan. 28 at the Jackson County Learning Center, 323 Dupont Drive, Seymour. Registration/check-in is from 8 to 9 a.m., and the workshop is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A free catered lunch will be provided for all participants. Purdue Extension educators and Purdue University specialists from West Lafayette will be leading the sessions.

All volunteers will gather in the morning to learn about the ages and stages of youth development, experiential learning model and new 4-H SPARK Clubs.

You do not have to be a current 4-H volunteer to attend. The workshop will allow you to learn more about the Indiana 4-H program and ways you can get involved to mentor youth.

In the afternoon, there will be a variety of sessions to attend. Science sessions include coding and engineering, health and food science, making (makerspace movement) and art and recycling science. Livestock sessions include putting science into 4-H livestock programs, putting citizenship into 4-H livestock programs and putting healthy living into 4-H livestock programs.

You can register for the workshop by visiting bit.ly/4HGrowsScience.

For information, call Heather VonDielingen at the Purdue Extension Jackson County office at 812-358-6101 or email schneidh@purdue.edu. The office is at 111 S. Main St., Suite 10, Brownstown, in the Jackson County Courthouse.

Indiana 4-H is the state’s largest youth development program for Grades 3 through 12, reaching more than 200,000 youth in all 92 counties.

Approved 4-H volunteers in each county work with youth to teach young people specific skills related to a wide variety of subjects through hands-on experiential learning.

For information about the Indiana 4-H program, visit extension.purdue.edu/4h.