UOG 4-H Youth
Horticulture Activity with 4-H & Youth from Navy Base
Starting off the year, 4-H continued its collaboration with Navy youth and teens focusing on kindergarten through high school. Youth from kindergarten though fourth grade are under Navy’s School Age Care and from fifth grade to high school the youth works alongside one another under Navy’s Teen Center.
Beginning this year 4-H has been able to meet with the School Age Care and Teen Center once in January and again in February. During these days 4-H continued discussing Horticulture and Plant Science with the youth. Preparing them to their end goal of creating and maintaining their own garden.
The Life Skill activities included with the presentations upon visiting base have been Decision Making, Critical Thinking, Goal Setting and Disease Prevention. During 4-H’s brief visits with Navy youth, the implementation of their Life kills were conveyed thoroughly with the students through hands on activities. Horticulture activities connect real life occurrences with proper gardening techniques. In which, the students have learned a handful of skills for themselves through their gardening experiences.
Decision Making, Critical Thinking & Goal Setting
Life Skills going hand in hand with the 4-H Horticulture workshops include Decision Making, Critical Thinking, and Goal Setting. When the students decide to make a garden, they are also given the opportunity by 4-H to learn how to properly maintain their plants. 4-H teaches the youth that like us, as the plant grows it needs to be in a healthy, adaptable and supportive environment. By implementing Decision Making students learn to recognize growth changes in their plants and when it is time to make the right choice of moving forward in order for the plant to prosper. Like us, we are growing with our mind and body every day and like the plants we too need a healthy, adaptable and supportive environment to be the best we can be for ourselves.
When teaching the youth about disease prevention, 4-H references the plants health to our own, elaborating on the importance of knowing what are the good things for our health, how to avoid/prevent disease and plant disease, and the best way to maintain cleanliness for our own bodies and our plants.
The importance of maintaining plant health is because we teach the students how to grow many edible plants along with how to make homemade chemical free insecticide. The students also learn that the food we eat effects us in order for us to be in our best health, we must make sure our plans are healthy too.
4-H will continue to collaborate with its military partnership in the upcoming months to continue to empower, engage and reach out to military youth.