Allegheny County 4-H Celebrates the Centennial by Giving Back to the Community
Posted: February 28, 2012
All clubs are urged to plan a service project for the week of April 22-28. “With many groups doing projects in their own communities, we expect to have an impact across the county,” said Susan Taylor, Allegheny County 4-H Coordinator.
The last words of the 4-H pledge are “for my club, my community, my country and my world.” The Pennsylvania 4-H program has always stressed service to the community. In 2011, 4-H members in the state gave back to their communities with over 5,500 hours of service.
Young people need to feel their lives have meaning and purpose. They need opportunities to connect to their communities and learn how to give back to others. Service-learning allows youth to reflect on what they learned and discover or learn something new in addition to the service to the community. As part of this process, youth gain an understanding of others’ needs and how to respond to these needs. Service to others or generosity may also include the development of values such as compassion and tolerance for diversity, the ability to consider the perspective of others, and the perspective to approach problems as a member of a global society.
The opportunity to value and practice service to others has been identified as one of eight essential elements of a quality youth development program. On March 22, from 7:00-9:00 pm, we are offering a training on this program element for 4-H leaders and other adults who work with youth. The training will also cover another essential element – a positive relationship with a caring adult. For more information about the leader training click on Upcoming Events on the left side of this page or go to http://extension.psu.edu/allegheny/events/essential-elements-of-a-quality-youth-program.