of the “4-H is Sew Fun” program work with volunteers to plan and
complete projects; accurate cutting takes patience and determination.”
"4-H is Sew Fun"
activities and events inspire and shape youth, give them opportunities to
master skills, enrich their knowledge, and work with others who can positively
influence them. This month’s feature is on a civic engagement program that
worked with a non-traditional audience.
The "4-H is Sew Fun" program
consisted of six; two-hour long meetings. This program was offered by key 4-H volunteers as a summer program
to explore a wide variety of activities in the sewing and textile area to youth
from three mobile home communities - Congers, Hanshaw Village, and Beacon View
in Tompkins County. All of the youth are regular participants in the OURS
(Opportunities, Understanding, Respect, Success) 4-H After-school Program run
by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins
4-H is Sew Fun helped youth develop many
practical and life skills. They learned to properly identify basic sewing tools
and their functions, identify characteristics, identify basic fabric terms,
accomplish hand sewing techniques, and identified the common parts / proper use
of a sewing machine. Practice, practice, and more practice helped youth stitch
a straight seam, gain speed control, guide fabric through the machine, properly
secure threads, and learn proper use of a steam iron. The growth in skill
development was demonstrated by the increase in their ability to work
independently and in helping others. Perhaps the greatest achievement was in
seeing the youth take great pride in completing a multi-step project.
Nikki Nease, OURS Program
Manager stated “We have cultivated strong bonds between the 4-H volunteers and
OURS youth. Participants can depend on a very comfortable and supportive
environment to create successes for themselves.” We wish to thank Dryden Youth Opportunity Fund (DYOF) for making
“4-H is Sew Fun” possible. The youth are the greatest benefactors of your
generosity, and your funding has made exciting and unique things happen for
them, making a lasting impact on their lives.
To become involved in 4-H, contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office. An extension educator working with the
4-H Youth Development Program will be able to guide you and your child to 4-H
opportunities in your area. There are 4-H clubs, after-school activities,
school enrichment projects, camps and events in every county for youth, ages 5
to 19. Click here to read the entire success story.
4-H Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
What does Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) have to do with 4-H? More than you might think! Check out this page to learn about this mission mandate, access the NYS SET Toolkits, and find out why 4-H is committed to introducing youth to the wonders and inspiration of these three disciplines.
4-H Civic Engagement
Chances are ... if you're involved in 4-H, in other youth organizations, or school programs, you're already doing some type of community service. If you want to learn how to 'kick it up a notch' there's curriculum and resources to help.
4-H Healthy Living
Families today are busier than ever, with more work, school and afterschool activities and scheduling issues. Couple these things with more sedentary lifestyles and more access to quick, sometimes less healthy meal choices and you can easily see the reasons for today's childhood obesity statistics.
Cornell Cooperative Extension office in your community