Service, the third core area of the 4-H Citizenship Mission Mandate, includes community service, service learning and community youth development. Community service and volunteerism are activities that are valued, encouraged and supported within all 4-H programs. All 4-H members and clubs are encouraged to incorporate community service and volunteering as part of their participation. Many 4-H clubs plan community service events for their members that match the interests and skills of club members to the needs of their community. Youth develop citizenship knowledge and skills by being active participants in planning and leading community service activities. Service learning is community service or volunteering that also includes a structured educational component. Service learning programs in 4-H allow youth to develop critical thinking and planning skills as they identify an issue they are interested in working on, plan and conduct a service activity. Eventually they will reflect on the knowledge and skills that they develop through the service process. Michigan 4-H provides resources to assist youth and adult leaders in planning and conducting community service and service learning programs including ideas for projects, project guides and curriculum . Personal development is the fourth core area of the 4-H Citizenship Mission Mandate. This component of citizenship includes skills and knowledge related to leadership, mutual respect and understanding, character development, and problem solving. These components of citizenship can be, and often are incorporated into any 4-H programs. 4-H clubs are one of the primary ways that youth develop skills in this area of citizenship. Most 4-H clubs provide youth with opportunities to serve in leadership positions as club officers. Club officers plan and conduct club meetings, help to plan, and develop agendas for club activities. Many counties in Michigan offer 4-H leader and officer trainings in which youth develop leadership, facilitation and communication skills. Michigan 4-H also provides curriculum focused on character development that is incorporated into a variety of 4-H settings.
Personal Development Program Building Awareness
Personal Development Planning Shifts Outside of Self With inside work well underway it’s time to shift the focus. Week Thirteen Increase self awareness of time utilization by starting a time and activity log. Briefly record all activities, accounting for increments as small as fifteen minutes. At the end of each day determine if the time was well spent continue reading this.. and supportive of the personal development plan. Week Fourteen Become a generous listener. Listen carefully to understand what is being said and the underlying emotions. Learn to reflect back both the thoughts and emotions, confirming the speaker was heard.