4-H & ASPIRE: Paving the Way for Future Role Models
Sinajana, Guam – On April 17, 2017, the 4-H Youth Development and Outreach Program visited the C.L. Taitano Elementary School for ASPIRE. ASPIRE is an “After School Program for Instructional Program that offers both advanced instruction and remediation in the areas of English Language Art, Math, and other selected subjects after regular school hours. Like other schools that the 4-H visits weekly, ASPIRE has already begun their class garden. The 4-H visits the school twice a week: Monday – Gardening and Friday – Fisheries. From the previous weeks of sessions, the students have learned the basic concepts of having a garden by germinating seeds, field preparation, transplanting, and maintaining their garden.
The day’s Life Skill was self-responsibility. With this Life Skill of self-responsibility, the students have learned to take care of oneself; to be accountable for one’s behavior and obligations; choosing for oneself between right and wrong. The eagerness of the students begun with incorporating the day’s Life Skill Activity of watering and maintaining their garden. Each student was given a set of responsibilities that they had to accomplish in order for the whole class to achieve their goal. This Life Skill Activity, touched on a number of great building skills for the ASPIRE students to learn, they also participated in teamwork, personal safety, leadership and the Life Skill of the day, self-responsibility. The growing relationship seen amongst the students has become stronger, along with their relationships with their 4-H mentors. During our time with the ASPIRE we have come to see a large impact from our presentations and implementation of Life Skills when visiting twice a week. We aim to continue on this path to help further influence these young individuals to become hard working students and members of the community. As proven in our previous workshops with other students and schools, one hour once a week with these students leaves a lasting impression that is necessary as these children grow to become leaders and role models for the younger generations in their school.