Tuesday, October 28, 2014

4-H Update

Bully Prevention Summit

The CAUSES Center for 4-H and Youth Development hosted the 2014 4-H Bully Prevention Summit on Oct. 17, to engage nearly 200 D.C. students in finding better ways to communicate and support each other. Taking place on the flagship campus' Dennard Plaza, the Summit featured a program full of youth-oriented events, activities, musical performances and a fashion show that was sponsored by Sports Zone Elite. Students were also given the opportunity to share their stories and discuss mitigation techniques addressing bullying behavior, enjoy health and wellness activities, and to watch commercials created by their peers in the DC 4-H program. 

"The youth participants had a positive experience and a great time. More importantly we will keep building on the success of the day for the purpose of changing the bullying behavior that they can become involved in without these kinds of program interventions," stated Rebecca Bankhead, director, Center for 4-H and Youth Development.

OMK Media Club

Home-schooled youth from the Joint Base Anacostia participating in the Operation Military Kids (OMK) program have joined with the 4-H Media Club. From 2014, the D.C. OMK coordinator Feifei Sun, has worked with 4-H extension agent, Diego Lahaye, to start a 4-H Photography club for the military kids at the Joint Base Anacostia Bolling Air Force Base Home School Educator group. Mr. Lahaye teaches this educational, fun and exciting club that also involves basic knowledge about photography, field trips around the capital, and workshops at the Microsoft Corp., which has a local office. The youth will also participate the 4-H Photography contest with the other students around the city. This semester, there are 17 military kids participating and they are excited to explore the world with their camera and vision.

Project YES! Internship

Attention students! Everyone feels the impact of deployments, but children and youth can be especially vulnerable. Project YES! allows you to get involved and make a difference in the lives of our military families throughout the nation by providing youth development programs to military families engaged in deployments and related separations. The Project Youth Extension Service (YES) Internship Program is accepting applications for the 2015 -2016 internship through February 28, 2015. For one year, interns will gain first-hand experience in working with military children and youth throughout the nation. Additionally, they will explore a career-broadening project under the guidance of an individually assigned mentor. F
or more information and application requirements, please visit http://militaryfamilies.extension.org/yes-intern-program/. 

For more information on the Center for 4-H and Youth Development, contact Mrs. Rebecca Bankhead at rbankhead@udc.edu or (202) 274-7081. 

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