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Citizenship

Navigating Citizenship, Levels 1 and 2

The 4-H Citizenship Curriculum incorporates several different successful models of civic engagement to educate members about three specific areas: Montana Government, United States Federal Government and Montana Tribal Government. You will learn how to get involved, who’s who and how each of us fits into the overall government process. Discover how to become an active citizen when you participate in this project.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

There are two units in this project and it can be taken over a three year period. In Level 1, middle school youth will complete three activities in the Montana Government section and write a bill. They can choose to attend and present their bill at the 4-H Citizenship Seminar held in Helena every two years (must apply through your county). In Level 2, high school youth complete five activities related to Federal or Tribal Governments and have a choice of applying for the Citizenship Washington Focus trip in Washington D.C. if they are at least 15 years old. In addition, youth will want to take a service learning project.

MATERIALS

Navigating Citizenship, 806, $8.00
Agents of Change, Level 1 for Middle School Youth, BU8182, $6.00
Raise Your Voice, Level 2 for High School Youth, BU8183, $6.00
Service Learning Helper’s Guide, BU8184, $6.00

Global Citizenship

As you discover the world with this 4-H project, you will learn what it means to be a global citizen, find out about other cultures and about cultural exchange programs

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

This project can be completed throughout your 4-H career. Level 1: Complete a cultural study and seven activities. Level 2: Complete three activities and ask your family to host an international exchange delegate (ages 10+); prepare for and reflect on your experience. Level 3: Complete three activities and travel with 4-H to another state or country as an exchange delegate (for high school youth, age 14+); prepare for and reflect on your experience.

MATERIALS

Passport to The World, 807, $8.00

Interstate Exchange/Hosting

Interstate Exchanges give you the opportunity to travel and learn about other states within the United States. You must either host a youth from another state or county or stay in another state or county with a youth. This project will allow you to taste other foods and participate in events and activities with 4-H’ers in other states. You will learn about geography, meet other people, have lots of fun traveling and site seeing. The guide below will lead you through the process, help you think about traveling and safety and give you lots of great ideas to implement as you travel.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

You must complete a project journal including the areas outlined in the youth guide and plan a project report using a form of media such as TV, radio or newsletter. Guidelines for eligibility in the exchange program are set by counties.

MATERIALS

4-H Interstate Exchange Youth Guide, 5328, $5.50
4-H Interstate Exchange Recommended Best Practices, 5329, download only, Extension online store

Citizenship Independent Study

see Self Determined

 

Leadership

Leadership

Leadership is an active process, a set of knowledge, attitudes and skills in working with others toward a common goal. Leadership is an opportunity to develop leadership skills and give of yourself to help others. This project is designed to teach teens to be a better leader through educational experiences, service and practice. After enrolling in the Leadership project, you should cooperatively decide on an area of focus with your leader and county agent. You will develop an individualized learning and action plan for leadership development. You will organize the necessary resources, implement your leadership plan, evaluate your outcomes and make changes to improve it. You will truly “learn by doing” as you enhance your leadership competencies.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

Must be 13 years of age on Oct. 1 of the current 4-H year, have completed at least one year in 4-H and be enrolled in at least one other 4-H project. All 4-H Ambassadors must enroll in this project. Yearly project completion consists of selecting and completing one activity that focuses on further developing each of the six leadership skills (six activities minimum) and planning, implementing and evaluating a plan of action. In level 1 it is recommended that you select one activity per chapter.

MATERIALS

Learning to Lead: Leadership Level I, 5330, $4.50, or download, Extension online store
Leading to Learn: Leadership Level II, 5331, $4.50, or download, Extension online store
Leadership Project Plan and Ambassador Plan of Action, 4HDL11, download only, Extension online store

 

Service Learning

Service Learning, Levels 1 and 2

Learn how to research and identify a topic, create an action plan, carry it out and then celebrate your successes. Recruit others from your club and make it a group project. You’ll be able to apply your skills and knowledge to a real problem in your community or in the world.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

To complete Level 1 for middle school youth or 2 for high school youth, you will need to do at least seven of the activities from the project books, completing the project within three years. In addition, you need to keep your planning guide current by setting project goals and recording highlights as you go along.

MATERIALS

Agents of Change, Level 1 for Middle School Youth, BU8182, $6.00
Raise Your Voice, Level 2 for High School Youth, BU8183, $6.00
Service Learning Helper’s Guide, BU8184, $6.00

Service Learning Independent Study

see Self Determined

Service Learning Helper's Guide, BU8184, $6.00

Find group service learning activities like community mapping, identifying group roles and journaling. It offers advice for mentors seeking to guide youth through enriching learning experiences. Reflective journaling helps leaders explore their personal leadership styles and the value of service.