Urban Accessibility of Agriculture Education through 4-H
Related Course Concepts
Asset based community development, Cultural identities
Mission and Vision of Organization
Mission: 4-H British Columbia inspires and educates, builds awareness of agriculture and food production, and develops skills to help youth reach their full potential.
Vision: Young people who are empowered leaders with the skills to make positive changes in all communities across British Columbia.
Guiding Principles + Values
4-H Motto: Learn to do by Doing 4-H Pledge: I pledge, My Head to clearer thinking My Heart to greater loyalty My Hands to larger service My Health to better living For my club, my community, my country and my world
4-H Canada's Leadership Development Pillars: Community Engagement & Communications Science & Technology Environment & Healthy Living Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security
- · Primary Contact Person(s): Marika Laird, Jarrett Chung-Smith · Email: [], Jarrett.ChungSmith@gov.bc.ca · Phone: 778-666-0596, 778-943-6947 · Address: 1767 Angus Campbell Rd. Abbotsford BC V3G 2M3 · Website: https://www.4hbc.ca/
Preferred Method of Contact
- Best method(s) to contact: Email
- Best day(s) to contact:Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
- Best time(s) to contact: Mornings, Afternoons
Preferred Platform(s) for Remote Collaboration
- Email, Phone, Skype, Zoom
Context: What challenge or issue does the project aim to address?
4-H is an international youth development organization with its roots in agriculture. There are over 7 million youth involved in 4-H in 70 countries worldwide. 4-H has a long history in BC helping youth become strong community leaders who are aware of agriculture and career opportunities in the agri-food sector. 4-H BC currently has 2200 youth members participating in around 135 community based 4-H clubs across the Province. There are approximately 500 volunteers that run 4-H clubs at the community level. 4-H is very strong in rural communities in BC but the opportunity to participate is very limited in urban and suburban BC communities. We hope to explore how asset-based development can be used to grow agriculture education opportunities through 4-H for urban and suburban BC youth.
Main Project Activities
- Students will learn about 4-H BC history, structure, and operations through interviews with staff, volunteers and youth
- Students will research urban 4-H program models from outside BC
Expected Project Deliverable(s)
We would anticipate an options paper at the end of the project outlining some suggested approaches to help make agriculture education through 4-H more accessible to urban and suburban BC youth.
Intended Project Outcome
4-H BC provincial leadership, both staff and volunteers, have a better understanding of steps they could take to help make agriculture education programming more accessible to urban and suburban youth
Student Assets and Skills (preferred or required)
- Proficiency using web conferencing software (Zoom or Skype)
- Interest in education and youth work
- Curiosity and creativity
Student Assets and Skills (to be developed through the project)
- Interview and/or focus group facilitation
- Creative thinking
- Report writing
Are there any mandatory attendance dates (e.g. special event)?
- No - possible online learning opportunity October 17th but not mandatory
Is a criminal record search (CRS) required?
If a criminal record search is required, when should the process be initiated?
Preferred Days of Week and Hours
- Initial meetings with staff between 9:00am and 4:00pm Monday to Friday
- Subsequent interviews with volunteers and stakeholders may need to be in the evening or on the weekend
Related Community Service Opportunities for Students
The project will be primarily researched-based due to COVID restrictions to fall, but we may be able to arrange an opportunity for the students to present to a group of youth or volunteers online later in the semester.
Project/Partner Orientation Materials
- Students should review these materials prior to the first partner meeting:
- Please watch this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bV584A-qr0w
- Visit the 4-H BC website: https://www.4hbc.ca/
Additional Project/Partner Orientation Materials
Staff will arrange a video conference orientation session for September 16th.
I hope students will learn about...
- youth development and agriculture education
I think students will come to appreciate...
- the diversity of bc communities, rural, urban and suburban
Through this project, students will develop...
- creative thinking around how asset based development can help more bc youth and communities benefit from 4-H
How does the student project contribute to your organization's mission and long-term vision?
- 4-H BC is interested in providing service to more youth and communities around the province and in increasing the diversity of our membership. This project would be a helpful first step in considering options for increasing our reach in communities where we currently have low or no engagement.
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