4-H Youth Development
Growing and Nurturing between 4-H & Harry S Truman
Santa Rita, GUAM – On May 17, 2017 the 4-H Program proceeded to meet with the 5th grade classes of Harry S Truman. After 6 amazing weeks with these students, 4-H has been able to encourage and empower these students to build and maintain their own gardens over the summer. As our workshops come to an end the 4-H Program completed its final presentation with the students discussing Plant Management and the importance of our Life Skill Nurturing Relationships.
During this day’s presentation, the 4-H Program taught the students about Plant Management, giving them tips and tricks to add onto their previous lessons to help them maintain the livelihood of their plants over the summer break.
Through this lesson we introduced the Life Skill of Nurturing Relationships. 4-H took this opportunity to stress the importance of Nurturing Relationships with the people we have in our lives. The 4-H definition of this Life Skill is to be able to form a connection that contributes to the mutual well-being through care and attending to the other person. This connection built amongst two or more individuals creates the sense of belonging, feeling of want, contribution to the well-being of others, keeping in touch with one another and sharing in similar interests and goals. The students were quick to agree that they have many of these relationships with their family members, friends and classmates. 4-H took Nurturing Relationships a step further by teaching the students that this does not only apply to people and can apply to all works of life that you feel a connection with. Being able to build a connection between the students and other living things on Earth the students are able to care more for their gardens, giving it the care and attention it needs to grow. Along with opening their eyes to their environmental surroundings for them to care and love it as if it was their own.
During today’s Life Skill activity, the students practiced transplanting their newly grown tomato plants that they will be taking home and maintaining during the summer break. Our largest aim is to allow these students to Nurture a Relationship with their plants, create the ability to care and give attention to living things. Thus bringing out our other Life Skills such as responsibility, citizenship, leadership, and most importantly creating new hobbies that will stick with them for the rest of their lives.
4-H Mentors Mr. Rusty and Ms. Deneesha with Ms. Diaz’s 5th Grade Class of Harry S Truman posing their newly planted summer project tomato plants.
4-H Mentors Ms. Gabrielle and Ms. Jasmine posing with Ms. Mendiola’s 5th Grade Class at Harry S Truman displaying their new garden plants!
4-H Mentors Ms. Monique and Ms. Ms. Kimberly smiling widely with the Ms. Wright’s 5th grade class of Harry S Truman with their summer tomato plants that they will be taking home and nurturing.