The Wisconsin 4-H Movement

Chris Clover with values sign

Hi Everyone!  I’m Chris Clover and I hope you are excited about 4-H and the Wisconsin 4-H Movement!  Check out all of the information I have for you on this page.  You will find topics and resources important to YOU and others in 4-H.  You will find information about the Wisconsin 4-H Movement, and you can view all of the materials we have for YOU to use!  Have fun!

The 4-H movement is committed to providing youth development opportunities and promoting positive change for young people. Together we can make the best, better.


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Resources
Contests
Activities

In Wisconsin 4-H we value:

Being Yourself: Find and share your authentic sparks and interests;
Belonging Together: Recognize, understand, respect, and appreciate each other;
Building Connections: Grow positive relationships with peers and adults;
Discovering Skills: Develop skills through hands-on learning to help you succeed and thrive;
Exploring New Opportunities: Open the door to new experiences, projects, and places;
Giving Back to Your Community: Make meaningful contributions through community service and leadership.

Essential Elements

In 4-H, the critical components of a successful learning experience are a sense of Belonging, Independence, Mastery, and Generosity. Across each curriculum, these 4-H Essential Elements are embedded through the learning experience.

Belonging, Mastery, Independence, and Generosity

Belonging
Youth need to know they are cared about by others and feel a sense of connection to others in the group.

Mastery
In order to develop self-confidence youth need to feel and believe they are capable and they must experience success at solving problems and meeting challenges.

Independence
Youth need to know that they are able to influence people and events through decision-making and action.

Generosity
Youth need to feel their lives have meaning and purpose.


4-H Thriving Model

4-H Thriving Model

We’ve learned that youth thriving is dependent on having high quality 4-H programs where youth feel like they belong and have relationships with supportive adults. We also know that thriving youth achieve important developmental outcomes, like personal responsibility, academic motivation, confidence, and high personal standards.


4-H Pledge

The 4-H Pledge is a way to get a glimpse of what 4-H members and leaders focus on in this year round youth development program.


Resources

Resources – Check out these ready to use resources

4-H Movement Tool-Kit (7 Activities)

The Wisconsin 4-H Movement toolkit was developed as a guide for volunteers, youth leaders, and/or 4-H Educators to teach others about the Wisconsin 4-H Movement values through the use of hands-on activities.  Activity leaders use the three parts of a meeting (learning, leading, and laughing) to learn and guide participants through their learning of the 4-H Movement values.

Complete Tool-Kit (PDF)
Tool-Kit Instructions

Being Yourself: Planting a Positive Thought Garden–Thinking is a lot like gardening. The thought seeds we plant in our mind garden grow into feelings which grow into experiences.

Belonging Together: The Clover Cube is a great way to get to know each other and to work together. This can be used as a get-to-know-you activity OR a challenge cube

Building Connections: Conversation Cards– These cards inspire conversations that encourage connections to be built. A great way to build connections is to have a conversation. Use the questions on these Conversation Cards to get started.

Discovering Skills: Creating Chris Clover–Hands-on activities are the best way to learn something new and there is no better way to learn new skills than with Chris Clover! (create Chris Clover, Chris Clover Plushie, Circuits)

Exploring New Opportunities: Find Your Sparks–Youth discover potential within themselves by exploring their inner passions and interests and learning from peers and industry experts.

Giving Back to Your Community: Getting Started in Service Learning–Giving back to your community can happen through volunteerism, community service, and/ or service learning

Bonus Activity: Clover Catcher

4-H Movement Posters, Graphics, Social Media, Postcards, Etc.

The Wisconsin 4-H Movement has several promotional tools that can be edited and used in your county. These include posters and Social media resources.

Posters and Posters

Postcards

Google Editable Files

Individual Graphics Files

Presentations/Videos

Social Media

Printable Activities (books, etc.)

The Wisconsin 4-H Movement has Activity books, coloring pages, and other activities that can be used at booths, club meetings and other events.

Activity Book

Clover Catcher


Contests

Contests – Current Challenges and Past Entries

We Want You to Be You Challenge

4-H Needs YOU to be YOU | 4-H necesita que tu seas tu | 4-H xav kom Koj yog Koj

Have you heard about Chris Clover and the Wisconsin 4-H Movement? Hopefully, you have and are ready to join in on Chris Clover’s next adventure. This time it’s all about YOU. We hope you’ll help us learn something new through the “We Want You To Be You Shirt Design Challenge.”

The Challenge
We’re excited to learn about what is important to YOU in this new challenge. We hope you’ll help us by designing a shirt for Chris Clover so we can share with everyone else! Here’s more information:

Design Contest Poster (PDF)

Design Contest Poster (digital)

Here’s what to do:

Download the Chris Clover shirt template from the options below, or if you want to create your own or free draw, please do!

  1. PDF Printable
  2. Digital Graphic (PNG Transparent)
  3. Digital Graphic (PNG white)
  4. Digital Graphic (Adobe Illustrator editable)
  5. Create your shirt about a cause, project, history, anything important to you.

Write about your shirt and any information or resources you have that will help others learn. Submit your design at http://bit.ly/wi4hmovementpic

We can’t wait to learn about what is important to you! For more information about Chris Clover and The Wisconsin 4-H Movement, please visit http://cc.wi4h.org.

Designs must uphold the values of Wisconsin 4-H and may need to be edited to fit the Chris Clover design. By submitting a design, you agree for it to be used on social media and for promotional and educational purposes.

For communicative accommodations in languages other than English, please contact oaic@extension.wisc.edu.

Para pedir adecuaciones para la comunicación en un idioma distinto al inglés, favor de comunicarse con: oaic@extension.wisc.edu.

Rau kev sib tham pab cuam rau qhov lwm yam lus ntawm lus As Kiv (English), thov sau ntawv rau: oaic@extension.wisc.edu.

Where has Chris Clover been?

Where has Chris Clover Been – Video Overview

Chris Clover has had the chance to tag along with Wisconsin 4-Her’s throughout the summer as they lived the Wisconsin 4-H Movement! While their adventures are not over yet, let’s look at the 4-H fun happening throughout Wisconsin and beyond!  

In June, Chris Clover explored MANY new opportunities. They met Kitty and Klover from the “Foaling Around with Wisconsin 4-H” program along with educators, Evan and Katie, and 4-Her, Jax. Chris Clover then helped finish a project exhibited at the Washington County Fair. Other opportunities included: exploring The International Crane Foundation with Sauk County; heading to camp with Iowa County; and helping at camp in Outagamie County. They even got to go to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado with an Outagamie County 4-H family!  

While discovering skills, Chris appeared at many county fairs and learned many new things. 4-Hers took them along to work on a leather quiver in Washington County and learn new art skills in Sauk County. They also helped prepare for the Waupaca County Fair and attended many camps throughout Wisconsin! Many of the new skills 4-Hers learned really showed how great it is to be yourself. Art was a trend this summer, showing how creativity lets you be yourself. 

Chris Clover and many 4-Hers showed how much they value belonging together! They appeared at  4-H Club meetings in Adams and Fond du Lac Counties . Chris Clover learned about equine driving with the Adams County Horse and Pony group and helped Barron County youth create a breakout challenge. These experiences allowed Chris Clover and 4-Hers to build connections while trying new things. Chris Clover also really enjoyed giving back to the community and helped Brown County 4-Hers hand out water bottles at the Bay Beach Amusement Park on a hot summer day!

What a fun journey! Chris Clover is popping up all over!  Where have you been with Chris and the 4-H Movement this summer? There is still time. Send us your pictures by clicking the “Chris Clover” banner at wi4h.org! We can’t wait to see all the adventures!


Activities

Activities – Try these out!

4-H Movement Tool-Kit (7 Activities)

The Wisconsin 4-H Movement toolkit was developed as a guide for volunteers, youth leaders, and/or 4-H Educators to teach others about the Wisconsin 4-H Movement values through the use of hands-on activities.  Activity leaders use the three parts of a meeting (learning, leading, and laughing) to learn and guide participants through their learning of the 4-H Movement values.

Complete Tool-Kit (PDF)
Tool-Kit Instructions

Being Yourself: Planting a Positive Thought Garden–Thinking is a lot like gardening. The thought seeds we plant in our mind garden grow into feelings which grow into experiences.

Belonging Together: The Clover Cube is a great way to get to know each other and to work together. This can be used as a get-to-know-you activity OR a challenge cube

Building Connections: Conversation Cards– These cards inspire conversations that encourage connections to be built. A great way to build connections is to have a conversation. Use the questions on these Conversation Cards to get started.

Discovering Skills: Creating Chris Clover–Hands-on activities are the best way to learn something new and there is no better way to learn new skills than with Chris Clover! (create Chris Clover, Chris Clover Plushie, Circuits)

Exploring New Opportunities: Find Your Sparks–Youth discover potential within themselves by exploring their inner passions and interests and learning from peers and industry experts.

Giving Back to Your Community: Getting Started in Service Learning–Giving back to your community can happen through volunteerism, community service, and/ or service learning

Bonus Activity: Clover Catcher

Printable Activities (books, etc.)

The Wisconsin 4-H Movement has Activity books, coloring pages, and other activities that can be used at booths, club meetings and other events.

Activity Book

Clover Catcher


Learn about what’s important to WI youth and families!

Women's History Month

Hands for Larger Service

Hands for larger service. . . Make it your New Year’s Resolution to show up in your community!  Wisconsin 4-H is built on youth leadership and service.  Nia students from Waukesha North created their plan during our Youth as Partners in Civic Leadership Conference and then they put their plan into action.  

Thank you to Waukesha North and all our Wisconsin 4-H youth and families who honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and his leadership call for youth to serve. #Giving Back to Your Community

 Learn more with Chris at https://4h.extension.wisc.edu/the-movement/

RESOURCES 

We serve with intention.  Remember to reflect:

  • What is the community issue you hope to address?  What is your purpose? Why are you needed?
  • What happened?  What did you observe?  What did you learn about yourself?  What did you learn about your community?
  • What new questions do you have?  What would you do again?  What would you change?

Celebrate

During this time of year there are many celebrations and languages that spread joy.  Chris knows in 4-H it is important to celebrate our relationships, our volunteers, our communities and our new skills!  What will you celebrate?  Who will you celebrate?  

Choose something or someone you want to help Chris celebrate. Who do they want to invite? How do they want to invite them? What can they do to make sure people feel included so everyone has fun?  #Building Connections  #Discovering Skills

RESOURCES 

  • Reflect on what makes you feel like you belong.
  • Talk with someone you trust about including others.
  • Talk about the ways you can make someone feel included or welcome. 
  • List reasons someone might or might not agree with your ideas.

More ways to celebrate:

Celebrate 4-H  https://4h.extension.wisc.edu/wisconsin-4-h-hall-of-fame/ 

Take time to understand.  Learn from your mistakes.  Keep practicing. 

Native American Heritage Month

These programs include tribal and cultural activities as much as possible!  This year a couple of focus projects are Storytelling to maintain oral traditions and Native Arts. Other examples are: regalia making, indigenous games, language, beading, canoeing, to name a few.    #Being Yourself #Belonging Together

Established in 1990 through presidential proclamation (learn more here), this month celebrates the significant and diverse cultures, histories, and contributions of Native people near and far.  Join in!

To the all-Native 4-H clubs of Wisconsin, including the Nicianak Club (Menominee) and Rezberries Club (Bad River), you are amazing! The ideas you share as youth and families shape club programs in crucial ways, incorporating tribal and cultural activities as much as possible!

RESOURCES 

National Bullying Awareness Month

October is National Bullying Awareness.  In Wisconsin 4-H, keeping youth and volunteers safe is our #1 priority in Wisconsin 4-H.  

Read “Thunder’s Hair” and then practice along with Chris ways to handle bullying.  Allyship is one of Chris Clover’s ‘sparks’, but allyship is not easy.

Ask questions, Listen, Speak Up (because it may be safer for you to do so than someone else)  Remember,  we don’t get to decide if someone else is hurt. Only they can do that.  #Belonging Together #Building Connections

RESOURCES 

Chris Clover – Hispanic Heritage Month

graphic created by the Latino Employee Resource Group

We asked Extension Educators to share more about how they share learning in their communities.

Chris discovered some ‘chispas’ reading two books by Naibe Reynoso.  Now they are excited to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month AND learn all month long with Juntos WI 4-H families.  JUNTOS means together.  Across Wisconsin 4-H, we learn together and lead together to provide opportunities to try new things and connect people to information.  

¡Descubre 4-H, JUNTOS!

Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, we invite you to learn about someone’s contribution to your ‘spark’, or to try on something new.  Maybe even make a friend using a new language!  #Building connections 

Sign up for the Juntos Newsletter https://app.e2ma.net/app2/audience/signup/1932430/1923263.376494271/ 

Explore website resources https://youth.extension.wisc.edu/juntos-wisconsin/ 

Learn more with Chris at https://4h.extension.wisc.edu/the-movement/

RESOURCES 

Chris Clover – Sharing your Learning

We asked Extension Educators to share more about how they share learning in their communities.

More ways Chris loves to share learning:

Chris Clover – Celebrating the anniversary of the American Disabilities Act

Resources

https://fyiextension.wisc.edu/uphamwoods

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/civil-rights/resources.htm

https://4h.extension.wisc.edu/opportunities/projects/outdoor-education/outdoor-recreation-project.htm

Chris Clover – LGBTQ History Month

Most of us have heard of Pride Month. Did you know that October is LGBTQ+ History month?! In 4-H we welcome all, and all histories belong. If you haven’t explored LGTBQ+ history yet, there are lots of great resources out there. Some of Chris Clover’s favorites include

Podcast from Learning for Justice: https://www.learningforjustice.org/podcasts/queer-america

‘A Queer History of the United States for Young People’ by Richie Chevat https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/…/a-queer-history…/

Chris Clover – Human Rights Day

Today is Human Rights Day, the day in 1948 that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Why is Chris learning more about Human Rights Day?

In WI 4-H, we know that for youth to find and share their ‘sparks’, their human rights need to be met, no matter who they are or where they live in the state. https://4h.extension.wisc.edu/the-movement/

Below are some resources Chris Clover used to learn more. Here are some questions, Chris had to guide our learning and sharing in our communities: What human rights were you aware of? What are you observing in your community? How will you be a youth leader in human rights today?

Chris hopes that you take 10 minutes to learn more about human rights and their history here:

https://www.youthforhumanrights.org/what-are-human-rights/

Here is a book that Chris likes for younger children: https://www.theguardian.com/…/human-rights-in-pictures…

If you want to read the Declaration, you can find it here: https://www.un.org/…/universal-declaration-of-human-rights

Chris Clover – Veterans Day

Veteran’s Day, a day to recognize those who have served and sacrificed for our country. Chris Clover thanks all veterans and hopes that you have someone that you can thank personally tomorrow.

Chris Clover recognizes that many different people have served in our military, and you can learn more about them here, including from various places around the country, women, the Tuskegee Airmen and the Cheyenne people.
https://wisconsin.pbslearningmedia.org/…/the-veteran…/

You can also join Chris is learning about some veterans that have served by joining this movie screening, in partnership with Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College Extension. You can sign up at the links below:

Native American Veterans Learning Opportunity and Navajo Code Talkers of World War II Watch Party and Discussion
10am Meeting Registration Link : https://lco.zoom.us/…/tZYsf-6srzosGtbdqq0E9AomUidH93A_aMB0
6pmMeeting Registration Link : https://lco.zoom.us/…/tZcscuysrjkoHdD15W5kg1Au4Vkw8WnhfrzT

Chris Clover – Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day, a day to recognize and commemorate the boarding school experience and the impact they have on Native American Tribes. To learn more, please see https://www.cbc.ca/kids…/the-feed/what-is-orange-shirt-day and join today in learning about the boarding schools. #orangeshirtday#CurrentConversations#everychildmatters

Chris Clover – Black History Month

February is Black History Month. Chris Clover is learning from youth around the state. Thank you to Waukesha North High School BSU for sharing Black History that matters to you!!

Learn more here https://blackhistory.today/

Chris Clover – International Women's Day

March 8, 2022-Today is International Women’s Day! Chris Clover found this wonderful t-shirt design here https://www.internationalwomensday.com/ alongside important information. Women in Wisconsin make a difference every day https://womeninwisconsin.org/. That means 4-H too! Resources to read more about 4-H leaders: https://4-h.org/about/blog/4-h-trailblazers/#!read-morehttps://www.edweek.org/…/study-finds-benefits…/2014/01 Resources to empower future WI leaders: https://pbswisconsineducation.org/biographies/list/https://pbswisconsineducation.org/meetthelab/about/https://content.wisconsinhistory.org/…/col…/p15932coll15

Chris Clover – 4-H Pride

Spotlight

Chris Clover Pride

Black History Month

RESOURCES 


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