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Monday, May 10, 2010

Interpreting our Program Successes

Meredith Carter, County Extension Agent in Karnes County has just completed an excellent program at the Karnes City High School. Attached is a link to the Karnes County AgriLife web page of an interpretation piece she prepared for the Shattered Dreams Project. This report has the results of the surveys and testimonials from the youth. As you will see, Shattered Dreams made a huge impact on the youth at Karnes City High School! Meredith did a great job with this program and in evaluating her programing efforts to use as an interpretation tool.

Another great program success recently was sent to me by Janice Pfeffer, County Extension Agent in Colorado County. The Teens in the Driver Seat program that is led by the Texas AgriLife Youth Advisory Board in Colorado County was recognized for implementing this program at Columbus High School this school year. Pictured in the photo to the right is Koree Robinson - Colorado County Youth Advisory Board Member accepting a recognition certificate and plaque from the Secretary of State Hope Andrade.

Yet another program success that interprets our results to stakeholders in the spring of each year, are our successful scholarship programs. We are associated with many different scholarship programs such as the program highlighted in Nueces County. Attached is part of a article in the Corpus Christi Caller Times.

Caitlyn Hawn was in the seventh grade when she became the first in her family to join a 4-H club. Raising chickens and goats paid off Tuesday night when the Flour Bluff High School senior received a $2,000 scholarship from the Nueces County Junior Livestock Show.“It’s a really great thing,” she said. “It’s the only scholarship I applied for.”Friends and relatives of 26 area high school seniors gathered at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown as the students were honored for their livestock show success.Officials with the 75th annual livestock show handed out $60,000 in scholarships.To earn a scholarship, they are reviewed on their FFA and 4-H club participation, academic success, community service and interviews with the judging panel, which included state Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi. Officials said they look for well-rounded, active students. During the past 20 years, the junior livestock show has given more than $763,000 in scholarships.

These graduating seniors are the products of our 4-H program and when we can showcase their accomplishments and reward them with funds to pursue their college educations key stakeholders take notice. Involving such leaders as Rep Todd Hunter are excellent ways to let our funding partners know of our great successes. We must continue to take time to showcase our successful programs if we don't are just selling our programs and ourselves short!!!!, great job District 11. DM


It is springtime and that means that many clubs and groups are conducting elections of new officers. You may also be identifying new club managers for the upcoming 4-H year. It is EXTREMELY important that we, as Extension professionals, offer these new officers and club managers adequate training to help make the upcoming 4-H year a success!

Don’t forget about a very valuable resource you can utilize to assist you with officer and club manager trainings that can be found on the Texas 4-H website. CLUB ED, the Texas 4-H Club Tool Box ( includes some great ideas for officer installations, club meeting ideas by months, and a wonderful training series for Agents to conduct with club managers.

It is IMPERATIVE that we fully train and inform club managers of their roles and responsibilities to keep their club in compliance with Texas 4-H Rules & Guidelines (chartering, bylaws, IRS filing, etc).

This article was submitted by Jodi McManus, District 11 4-H and Youth Specialist.