4-H & Military’s Spouse Appreciation
Barrigada, GUAM — On May 6th, 4-H mentors participated in the Military’s Spouse Appreciation Workshop. The 4-H Program has a national partnership between USDA and the Military Youth Council. Our program works collaboratively with all US military instillations around the world. Through this initiative 4-H program’s core values, activities and influences with the youth by attending these events through our partnership. During the event 4-H mentors interact with military youth by hosting Life Skill Activities to help build independent thinking, parental appreciation, healthy living, and critical thinking activities.
Engaging with military youth allows 4H mentors to interact with the students outside of the classroom and influence them within an environment where the children can be more comfortable and natural. These youth members are a vital group in which 4H interacts with because unlike other youth members these children are influenced by many other outside factors that effect and influence their growing minds. Through the 4H program we choose to partake in many of these events not because of our partnership with the military, but because we believe that we can create amazing learning opportunities for these kids to excel.
Many of our activities include critical and independent thinking because with the many influences these children have we aim to teach them to think on their own and grow to be their own persons. Being able to learn their own strengths and weaknesses and figure out the best way to build each one is one of our key objectives at 4H. Like many of our activities within the school environments, we enjoy incorporating family appreciation with the students, so that they can share their ideas and express their feelings with their parents. This allows the youth to grow and learn to be open in the things they do, so that they can be comfortable with expressing themselves as they grow older.