Cumberland County 4-H Directs High Impact School Outreach Model

CUMBERLAND COUNTY - Cumberland County 4-H Program Assistant Donna Griebau visited Saint Mary’s School to begin a series of classes that explored electricity.
The series is part of an effort to refocus on school-based 4-H programs using a new model which is intended to bring the benefits of 4-H club experience into the classroom.
In addition to Griebau’s outreach, 4-H Program Assistant Cheryl McCormick is bringing a high-impact public speaking program to selected schools. Cheryl McCormick directs the 4-H Public Speaking Program as well as the 4-H Cloverbud Program, which serves youth in kindergarten through third grade.
The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and Rutgers Cooperative Extension and is the oldest positive youth development program in the country. 4-H is a leader in experiential learning programs and helps youth learn how to run a meeting using parliamentary procedure, develop public speaking skills, engage in community service work, set goals, complete project work, and benefit from recognition opportunities for their efforts.
The club also offers field trip programs, summer enrichment programs, workshops, and professional development training for educators on the state and national level. Programs through the club are offered to all youth grades Kindergarten to 13 on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, natural origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
“Cumberland 4-H will continue to work with area schools providing one-time, hands-on enrichment programs,” said Julie Karavan, County 4-H Agent. “However, this year we are also piloting a new high impact approach. We know traditional 4-H clubs work because our research indicates youth benefit from the high content, high-context setting. We have agreed to focus on working with a few s schools and creating an experience that will bring our educators in contact with a classroom 5 to 6 times. Our hope is to develop authentic rapport with the kids and have more time to bring the core components of 4-H into the classroom as well as the hands-on inquiry-based activities for which we are well known.”
For more information about the 4-H Club, visit the Cumberland County 4-H Program website at or call 856.451.2800 and dial extension 3.

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