4-H E2 Workshop Series: Empowering & Engaging Youth
On February 25, 2017, the 4-H program hosted the first 4-H E2 Workshop Series: Empowering & Engaging Youth with the highlights of the Plant Science Workshop held at CNAS Room 127. This workshop series aims to focus on specific topics that will be held on the last Saturday of each month until May.
On Saturday’s recent event, there were 21 youth members that participated; Nine students from Inarajan Elementary School, five students from Jose Rios Middle School, and seven students from the Kosraen 4-H Club. The participants age ranged from ages 7 years old to 19 years old. This workshop focused on Plant Science with Mr. Mark Acosta, an Extension Associate II of the Animal & Natural Resources (ANR) Department. Mr. Acosta presented plants and its important features. Also, demonstrating on the different ways to handle, care and help grow the native plants of Guam. Part of his presentation, included a show and tell with the kids regarding some of the outdoor projects he has been conducting such as gardening and tree planting, as well as his miniature farm project that he’s been currently working on.
Concluding the workshop, the 4H program conducted a brief presentation on their Life Skill: Decision Making and its importance in our daily lives. Mr. Acosta is a prime example of practicing Decision Making, with the many different gardens and plant he looks after, youth attending this workshop can learn from him and see the outcome of proper decision making skills. By sharing
his experience with the youth, these young minds can captivate skills like him to learn when it is the right time to make the right decision. Positive decision making skills allow students to grow and become responsible members in the community. Like a seed sprouting and being ready to transplanted and growing up high and tall. Youth today can apply the skills they learned in today’s workshop in their everyday lives.
Overall, during this event the kids were very energetic and focused in learning; along with the many games and Life Skill activities everyone was brought together. At the end of the workshop, everyone who participated in the event were given small plants to keep and grow for themselves donated by Mr. Mark Acosta.