Honorable mention photography winners were as follows:
SD 4-H Leaders Mini Grants Awarded for 2014
Each year, the South Dakota 4-H Leaders Association awards Mini-Grants across the state to county or 4-H club projects. The purpose of the 4-H Grants Program is to address youth needs at the local level. The 4-H Leaders Association recognizes that the greatest impact of 4-H occurs at the local level, usually between youth and 4-H volunteers.
Criteria for awarding funds include potential for youth involvement in the planning and implementation of the project, impact on addressing youth issues at a local level through either a traditional or nontraditional setting, increasing life skill outcomes for youth, reaching expanded youth audiences, potential for transitioning new youth audiences into more “traditional” or ongoing 4-H programs, and consistency with present directions of statewide 4-H/youth development programs.
This year we received 13 applications for mini grants and the competition was tough! The following projects were chosen to receive a Mini Grant.
In Buffalo County, the Bad Nation Rustlers 4-H Club will hold a “Learning to Bead & Sing” project day, and receives $120. They plan to teach youth about the traditional songs & beadwork of Native Americans. The club will have older community members teach beading & singing in Dakota, and youth will make a beadwork project for 4-H.
Clay & Yankton Counties are teaming up to offer a Robotics Curriculum. They will receive $400 to help purchase a set of 4-H Junk Drawer Robotics curriculum and a Lego Mindstorm EV3 kit. They will use the curriculum to encourage the use of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) concepts to educate and encourage youth to pursue these types of careers. The program will be offered for 4-H members and in schools to include non-4-H members to teach robotics. They plan to have a team compete at the State Fair.
Codington County has partnered with Joy Ranch, a camp and retreat center outside Watertown, and will receive $200 for a Horticulture Project. Joy Ranch
In McPherson County, a 4-H Project Day is planned where Jr. Leaders will co-teach the classes. The county receives $200 for an event that will be open to
Expanding 4-H and promoting leadership skills through a “Robotics” program is
Sanborn County will promote Science, Math and Engineering through their “Let’s Build It” project. With their $200 grant, they will have a project day that includes an electrical project where youth will build their own fixture and see how electricity work, as well as building and/or constructing a model to allow them to see what it takes to be an engineer. They plan to utilize local science teachers to help teach.
Forming a county Horse Quiz Bowl and Hippology Team is the goal for Turner