Twenty-six 4-Hers from Northeast Nebraska recently returned from the CWF (Citizenship Washington Focus) trip, including Trevin Hanson of Oakdale.
This is a capstone trip that youth attend during their high school career hosted at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, MD. During this experience, 4-Hers learned about citizenship and how they are a contributing member of society, as well as traveled to Washington, D.C. to see the U.S. government in action. In addition, the youth were able to learn about the past while visiting different sites. Some of these include traveling to New York City to visit the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the 9/11 Museum; traveling to Philadelphia to visit Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and other important historical sites; and finally traveling to Gettysburg to tour the historic battlefield.
One of the learning experiences at the National 4-H Center was to develop an action plan for a service learning project. The youth have prepared plans to complete the project over the next couple of months.
Here are the five steps used to implement a service learning project:
Learning about service learning, citizenship and leadership is inherent with 4-H activities. Youth might serve as an officer of a club to learn about parliamentary procedure, join a committee to plan out an event for the club, or be a part of the service learning project. For more information about 4-H and Youth Development, please contact the University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension Office in your local county or visit the website at http://4h.unl.edu/.
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