Members of the Cedarville 4-H are working with other students to teach leadership skills and promote club membership.
Cedarville 4-H members worked one-on-one with Cedarville Elementary School students in the after-school program Jan. 27, said Brandi Davis, 4-H program assistant with the Crawford County Extension Office.
The purpose of the program was to help young students learn more about what it takes to be the leaders of tomorrow, Davis said.
“They’re trying to inspire younger kids to be better leaders and work together,” Davis said.
Cedarville 4-H members together created several games and activities that they could use to teach younger peers to build stronger communication, listening, team work and leadership skills, Davis said.
On Friday, the 4-H members went to the elementary after-school program to engage the students and help them learn these skills, Davis said.
“We just want to raise awareness that kids can do something; it doesn’t always have to fall to adults,” Davis said. “If there is something a kid wants to do or take part in, they can do it.”
Cedarville 4-H also is working with the Cedarville High school EAST (environmental and spatial technology) program to bring awareness to the benefits of 4-H, Davis said.
Cedarville High School recently was awarded a $10,000 matching grant to go toward technical equipment for its environmental and spatial technology program.
In a recent interview, Jennifer Hightower, Cedarville High School’s EAST facilitator, said the EAST Upgrade Grant money was used to purchase two digital cameras and equipment, a video camera, two Mac computers, and professional level video editing software.
One of the projects for which the Cedarville EAST students are using their new equipment is a promotional video for 4H to increase membership, both Hightower and Davis said.
“EAST is doing a documentary that will raise awareness about 4-H - what it does, what it teaches and all of the benefits,” Davis said.