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Ojai 4-H member earns enough for new wheelchair by raising a sheep

In 4-H animal science projects, youth learn about animals and their behavior, health and reproduction.
Eleven-year-old Demisu Evans of Ojai will get a new custom-made wheelchair after raising a sheep and selling it at the Ventura County Fair, reported Anne Kallas in the Ventura County Star.

4-H, offered in all California counties by UC Cooperative Extension, engages youth ages 5 to 19 in reaching their fullest potential. Club and after-school programs are designed to provide knowledge, expertise and skills that will help youth develop into responsible, self-directed, and productive people. 4-H encourages family involvement. 

The Ventura County Star's heart-warming story traces Demisu's journey from his native Ethiopia to a ranch in rural Upper Ojai. One of 10 children, three adopted from the west African nation, Demisu has triplegia, the use of only his right arm. The rocky and uneven terrain at the family's ranch made it difficult for Demisu to get around, so he decided to raise funds for a heavy-duty wheelchair that he can operate with one hand. The cost is $6,000.

Demisu raised a 113-pound lamb, and sold it for $75 a pound to the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation. At market, sheep are typically valued at about $1 to $2 per pound, according to Sheep101.com. Bidding for Demisu's sheep went through the roof when bidders learned he would be using the money for the new, custom wheelchair.

Posted on Monday, August 29, 2016 at 9:46 AM
Tags: 4-H (50), Ventura County (1)

Imperial County approves funding for new 4-H Club in Calexico

Calexico, Calif., is just north of the border with Mexico.
A new community 4-H Club will be launched in Calexico this summer with support from the Imperial County Board of Supervisors, reported the Imperial Valley Press. Calexico is a low-income community. In order to establish a new 4-H Club for 5- to 19-year-old youth, the board has allocated $10,000 to cover start-up costs.

According to the article, written by UC Cooperative Extension 4-H program representative Shanna Abatti, 20 years have passed since a 4-H Club was chartered in Calexico, the second-largest city in Imperial County. 

One of the biggest challenges in starting a new club is identifying volunteer leaders. Clubs usually have 1 or 2 organizational leaders who help the youth elect officers, structure club meetings and attend 4-H council board meetings. Volunteer project leaders provide learning activities in project areas of their choice, such as photography, hiking, folklorico, arts and crafts, animals or any other field. 

The funding from the Imperial County Board of Supervisors will allow the 4-H office to hold an interest meeting in Calexico, train project leaders, purchase kits needed to implement projects, cover enrollment fees for participants and purchase hats and t-shirts for the youth.

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Posted on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 11:39 AM
Tags: 4-H (50), Calexico (1), Shanna Abatti (2)

Facebook vice president shares his 4-H roots

Andrew Bosworth, vice president of Facebook advertising, was an active 4-H youth in Santa Clara County from age 9 to 19, reported Parija Kavilanz on CNN Money. He said he learned computer programming from a 4-H mentor before eventually attending Harvard, where he met Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

"I was into cooking projects and I raised sheep, pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs," Bosworth told the reporter. "I wore my 4-H uniform and would show my animals at the country fair." 

4-H is now focusing on programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in order to prepare youth for prosperous careers, aiming to reach 10 million youth nationwide by 2025, a 67 percent increase. Much of the growth will be fueled by STEM programming. Bosworth said 4-H's learn-by-doing, hands-on approach is a key to generating interest in STEM.

"If you look back to my experience with 4-H, what was great was that you were doing an activity and building a social skill," said Bosworth. "It was fun. You were doing it with your friends, and you were doing it as part of the community." 


Youth experiment at a 4-H Junk Drawer Robotics booth at Bay Area Science Festival Discovery Day. (Photo: Sonoma County 4-H)
Posted on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 10:30 AM
Tags: 4-H (50), STEM (1)

4-H members honored with Congressional Awards

A brother and sister who are members of Olivenhain Valley 4-H in San Diego County were awarded medals by Congressman Darrell Issa for their service to the community. The two appeared on Good Morning San Diego and were featured in an article in the Encinitas Advocate.

Sissy Sugarman, 14, received a bronze medal. In addition to her community service work, Sissy has participated in almost all of the Olivenhain Valley's 20 4-H projects. She served as the teen leader of the rabbit project, the sewing project, the trail riding project and the sheep-breeding project. Sugarman is currently the club's vice president.

Sissy's brother Samuel, 18, has received three medals from the Congressman - bronze and silver medals in 2014 and a gold medal this year. The Congressman joked they may need to invent a platinum medal to acknowledge all of Samuel's achievements. Samuel took part in 4-H beekeeping, sewing, market lamb and heritage turkey projects. Part of Samuel's service was conducted on the island of Grenada, where he helped teach underserved children how to swim.

Sissy and Samuel Sugarman pose with Congressman Darrell Issa after receiving their medals.


Posted on Friday, April 8, 2016 at 3:04 PM
Tags: 4-H (50)

4-H teaches kids environmental awareness at inaugural camp

4-H teens planned and presented a week-long camp for local youth called Sustainable You! at the UC Desert Research and Extension Center in Holtville.
Twenty-five schoolchildren learned what it means to be “sustainable” at the inaugural 4-H Sustainable You! Summer Camp at the UC Desert Research and Extension Center in Holtville, reported Michael Dukes in the Imperial Valley Press.

The environmental impact of humans is something children need to be aware of, said Shanna Abatti, UC ANR 4-H Youth Development Program representative. The camp was designed to provide new or different perspectives on how to save water, recycle, use renewable energy and understand the benefits of buying local food.

Preparation for the camp began last July, the article said. Abatti called upon 15 4-H high schoolers to help run and coordinate activities. 

“Being the first year, it was a lot of work," said recent Central Union High School graduate and camp council president Natalie Gonzalez. "The camp was originally (designed) for Utah, so we had to change a lot of the games to fit the Valley and what we have here, the weather we have here, the crops that we grow."

The first day centered on recycling, composting, and how waste effects planet earth. The campers did activities on landfills and took home worm composting bins. Day 2 focused on air, with campers learning about air quality and the impact of pollutants. The campers finished the day by harvesting fresh vegetables at the research center. Day 3 the campers learned about food packaging, food origins, and the importance of buying local or regional food. The campers visited a local dairy. Day 4 was focused on energy, with activities involving wind turbines and a solar oven. The campers took part in an (indoor) "camp out" and glow-in-the-dark nature walk. The camp ended with a session on water. Campers tried out water quality testing and took a virtual tour of wetlands. Each of the campers had perfect attendance.

The camp was made possible by support from the Vesper Society.

Posted on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 10:45 AM

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