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Join us to learn about 4-H curriculum straight from the authors and educators who know them best. These 30 minute webinars will be made available to watch (or rewatch) the day after each live webinar is recorded. 

Mindful Me & Mindful Mechanics



AUTHORS

  • Anne Iaccopucci, EdD
  • Kendra Lewis, PhD
  • Katherine Soule, PhD


ABOUT THE CURRICULUM

The 4-H Mindful Me (ages 5-8) & Mindful Mechanics (grades 6 programs aim to promote mindful practices that lead to improvements in managing one’s own goals, developing a sense of self, time management, stress management, emotional regulation, and mindful eating practices. 

SUSTAINABLE POLYMERS: PLASTICS OF THE FUTURE FOR A GREEN, CLEAN WORLD (GRADES 3-5)


AUTHORS

  • Alexa Maille
  • Charles Malone

ABOUT THE CURRICULUM

This is a 4-H STEM Curriculum for Grades 3-5 (8 to 12 year olds). The themes of these modules touch on the prevalence and impact of plastics in everyday life. Plastics are versatile materials that come in different shapes, sizes, and exhibit different material properties. Scientist and engineers are working on new ways to create, use, and recycle plastics, so we can use plastics for their many advantages and lessen their effects on our environment.

TRUE LEADERS: CULTURE, POWER AND JUSTICE- A YOUTH DEVELOPMENT APPROACH TO SOCIAL JUSTICE


AUTHORS

  • Dr. Nia Imani Fields, Assistant Extension Director and 4-H Program Leader, University of Maryland Extension
  • Dr. Alex Chan, Mental and Behavioral Health Specialist, University of Maryland Extension
  • Dr. Maru Gonzalez, Assistant Professor and Youth Development Specialist, North Carolina State University
  • Dr. Edwin M. Green, Jr., Professor, Community-Based Education & Leadership, Stevenson University
  • Dr. Fe Moncloa, 4-H Youth Development Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension
  • Kamaria Massey, MFA, Urban Educational Leadership Doctoral Student, Morgan State University
  • Dr. Keith C. Nathaniel, 4-H Youth Development Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension
  • Editor: Dr. Katherine E. Soule, Youth, Families, & Communities Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension

ABOUT THE CURRICULUM

The True Leaders: Culture, Power and Justice curriculum was designed to engage youth in critical dialogue and collective action in order to contribute to a more empathetic and just society. Youth have an incredible opportunity to see the world as bigger than themselves. This curriculum offers dynamic opportunities for youth to explore their identities, different cultures, new perspectives, and the histories that have shaped power and privilege within our communities. Youth will engage with peers, adult support systems, and communities to increase the resources and tools they need to advocate for positive community change. These lessons are rooted in a social justice youth development framework. Additionally, as a facilitator, it is important that you use these lessons as a guide but allow for adaptations to ensure each discussion and activity is culturally relevant for your audience.


This is a Facilitator Guide intended for use with youth in Grades 6-12.

WORK READY: LIFE SKILLS CURRICULUM



AUTHORS

  • Monica Nagele & Mitch Wagoner, Purdue Extension Educators

ABOUT THE CURRICULUM

This curriculum is design for high school students and displaced adult workers and aims to increase the participants soft skills, increase their chances of securing and sustaining employment, teach resume development and teach successful interview skills. 

BE A SCIENTIST! MATERIALS IN A GREEN, CLEAN WORLD. A 4-H STEM CURRICULUM FOR GRADES K-2


AUTHORS

  • Anne Stevenson, Extension Educator and Professor
  • Amie Mondl, Extension Educator--Univ. of MN Extension Center for Youth Development

ABOUT THE CURRICULUM

Be a 4-H Scientist! Materials in a Green, Clean World is an inquiry-based science curriculum focusing on the following concepts: materials; plastics; the three R's: Reduce, Re-use, Recycle; the work of scientists and engineers. The curriculum is designed to build foundational skills of science and engineering: observation, asking questions, sorting and classifying, and communicating.


The curriculum contains six learning modules intended for delivery in out-of-school time facilitated by an educator (trained volunteers or program staff). Modules also include a "Science At Home" activity to be completed by parents/other adults and children at home. 

Sustainable Polymers: Taking Action to Solve the Challenge of Plastics (gRADES 6-8)


AUTHORS

  • Cheryl L. Meehan, Staff Research Associate, University of California
  • Amie Mondl, Extension Educator, Center For Youth Development,  University of Minnesota, Extension
  • Martin H. Smith, Specialist in Cooperative Extension and Faculty Member, University of California
  • Steven M. Worker, 4-H Youth Development Advisor, University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

ABOUT THE CURRICULUM

This 4-H STEM curriculum focuses on the use and impacts of plastics and sustainability. The curriculum is designed to build foundational skills of science and engineering, and contains three learning phases/modules where youth will explore polymer science content through a guided activity and then become change agents through youth-driven projects.

GEM: GET EXPERIENCE IN MINDFULNESS - AN AWARENESS AND ACCEPTANCE STRESS MANAGEMENT PROGRAM FOR AGES 10 & UP

AUTHORS

  • Sarah Bercaw Goldring, Extension Agent 
  • Karen Johnston, Extension Agent

ABOUT THE CURRICULUM

GEM: Get Experience in Mindfulness is an Awareness and Acceptance Stress Management Program for ages 10 and up – adults too! This program places an emphasis on stress management taught through practical and interactive mindfulness-based activities to facilitate experiential learning. The program is a research based and theory driven program that meets National Health Education Standards.


There are five lesson topics: Intentions and Goal Setting, Awareness and Attention, Self-care: Stress Reduction and Relaxation, Communication and Relationships, and Gratitude and Acceptance. Among other things, participants of the program will learn what mindfulness is and how to integrate it into daily life, alignment and form for over 25 strength and flexibility poses adapted from yoga poses, and relaxation techniques.

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