4-H Youth Development Competency Definition
picture of 4-H eventAn employee with competencies in the Subject Matter Expertise – 4-H Youth Development category has knowledge and skills to be viewed as an expert in the performance of a given task or subject matter area related to 4-H Youth Development. As needed, the employee has the ability to identify, acquire, and utilize research-based information or other experts in the development and delivery of educational programs and activities that address the needs of clientele and stakeholders.



4-H Youth Development competency areas are:

  • How Youth Develop and Learn
  • Engaging 4-H Volunteers
  • Planning and Delivering Effective 4-H Programs
  • Building an Effective 4-H Organization
  • 4-H Program Partners and Collaborations
  • Building a Diverse and Inclusive 4-H Program

Target:  County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Assistants, Program Associates/Techs, State Faculty
Content: Learn more about the new National 4-H Common Measures 2.0 and how you can use Lesson Study techniques to strengthen your programs and evaluations. This session will go through the new 4-H Common Measure Evaluation tool and will show participants how to customize and utilize it for their program area. This session will also go through the Lesson Study model and will be starting a pilot group for Arkansas to have a Lesson Study Pilot cohort for the Fall of 2021.
Format: Online
Location: Learn.uada.edu
Contact(s): Lori Canada, lcanada@uada.edu, (501) 671-2064

volunteer flow chart - practice, learning, experience, successTarget: County Agents, Program Assistants
Content: We will take an in-depth look at the models we use in 4-H, detailing Positive Youth Development, Essential Elements, and rolling out the new VRKC which will be completed July 2021. We will detail the THRIVE model, and how it encompasses the other models used in 4-H and give hands-on lessons to use with volunteers to help them have a positive impact on the youth in the 4-H program.
Competency Category(s):
4-H Youth Development
Format: Blended (Online/Classroom)
Date(s): August 24-25, 2021 (Enrollment closes 8/10/21)
Time: August 24- 9:00am -4:30pm, August 25 - 8:00am - 3:30pm
Location:
Zoom
Capacity: 33
Contact(s): 
Hope Bragg, hbragg@uada.edu, (870) 222-3972

little girl shooting an arrow at targetsTarget: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Associates/Techs, State Faculty, Supervisors
Content: This course will be geared toward County Agents and Program Assistants who have or have an interest in starting 4-H Shooting Sports programs in their counties. This in-service will be divided into discipline tracts that will allow 4-H professionals to be certified as Level 1 Shooting Sports instructors. This course will cover and utilize the new National 4-H Shooting Sports Curriculum and taught by Level 2 instructors. 4-H Rules, risk management, insurance, and all aspects of the shooting sports program will be covered for 4-H Professionals.
Competency Category(s): 4-H Youth Development
Format: Blended (Classroom/Field)
Date(s): October 8-9. 2021 (Enrollment closes 9/30/21)
Time: October 8 -10:00am- 6:00pm; October 9 - 8:00am - 2:00pm
Location:
 C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center,  Little Rock, AR
Capacity: 30
Contact(s): Jesse Bocksnick, jbocksnick@uada.edu, (501) 671-2334

Target: County Agents, Program Assistants
Content: 
Participants will learn the core components of the 4-H Soccer for Success program—an evidence-based model that provides youth with structured physical activity and nutrition lessons, an opportunity to build social skills, and access to positive adult role models—and gain access to resources for implementing this program in their county.
Competency Category(s): 
Subject Matter Expertise- 4HYD
Format: Classroom
Date(s): October 7-8, 2021 (Enrollment closes 9/3/21)
Time: October 7 - 9:30am - 5:00pm; October 8 - 8:00am - 4:30pm
Location:
 Bishop Park, Bryant, AR
Capacity: 30
Contact(s): Valerie Seefeld, vseefeld@uada.edu, (501) 551-8740

4-H logo with green cloverTarget: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Assistants
Content: This course will work step by step through the NEW Outdoor Skills Challenge! These lessons will all be hands-on, focused on teaching county staff the techniques and teaching points to assist youth and parents to learn the skills necessary to compete as a team or individual in this multilayered 4-H contest. Events include but not limited to Archery, Canoeing, Fishing, Shooting, Mt. Biking, Hiking, Axe Throwing, Survival Skills, Fire starting, Conclave activities, and numerous other outdoor skills that will occur utilizing the entire 4-H Center. These activities can easily be transitioned into monthly meetings or multiple training sessions and/or day camps.
Competency Category(s): 4-H Youth Development
Format: Blended (Classroom/Field)
Date(s): October 26-27, 2021 (Enrollment closes 9/30/21)
Time: October 26 -10:00am- 6:00pm; October 27- 8:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Arkansas 4-H Center
Capacity: 25
Contact(s): Jesse Bocksnick, jbocksnick@uada.edu, (501) 671-2334; Creenna Bocksnick, cbocksnick@uada.edu, (501) 749-0881

project learning tree logoTarget: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Assistants, Program Associates/Techs
Content: Project Learning Tree & Project WILD are staple activities for 4-H youth development. We will be highlighting fun and educational activities from both programs. But wait, there is more! Now BOTH curriculums have a younger counterpart that will be great for our cloverbud age! You will receive curriculum books for all 4 books and supplies to complete the activities during this virtual training. We will "see" you there!
Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- 4HYD
Format: Webinar/Virtual
Date(s): October 28-29, 2021 (Enrollment closes 10/8/21)
Time: October 28: 9:00am-4:30pm, October 29: 8:00am-3:30pm
Location: Zoom/Arkansas 4-H Center
Capacity: 15
Contact(s): Lori Canada, lcanada@uada.edu, (501) 671-2064; Hope Bragg, hbragg@uada.edu, (870) 460-1893

Target: County Agents, Program Assistants
Content: 
The Congressional Award is the highest honor the United States Congress presents to America’s civilian youth. Come learn about the details of this program, how it has been incorporated into programs in counties around the state, and how you can best help your 4-H’ers earn this award.
Competency Category(s): 
Subject Matter Expertise- 4HYD
Format: Classroom
Date(s): November 1, 2021 (Enrollment closes 10/8/21)
Time: 9:30am - 4:00pm
Location:
 LIttle Rock State Office
Capacity: 40
Contact(s): Valerie Seefeld, vseefeld@uada.edu, (501) 551-8740

Target: County Agents, Program Assistants, Program Associates/Techs, County Staff Chairs
Content: 
If you are new to yoga, you may be surprised that the traditional principles of yoga align quite well with principles of positive youth development. Yoga is more than poses – it focuses on the health of the whole person. The purpose of practicing 4-H yoga is much like the national 4-H program healthy living mission to engage youth and families to achieve optimal physical, social, and emotional well-being. 4-H yoga creates opportunities for youth to improve their physical health, and provides a platform for understanding and managing emotions, extending kindness and acceptance to others, and understanding self.
Competency Category(s): 
Subject Matter Expertise- 4HYD
Format: Blended (Webinar/Classroom)
Date(s): November 10-11, 2021 (Enrollment closes 10/8/21)
Time: November 10 - 10:00 - 5:00pm; November 11 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
Location:
 Arkansas 4-H Center
Capacity: 15
Contact(s): Amanda Welch, awelch@uada.edu, (501) 744-8284; Ashley Dingman, adingman@uada.edu

 picture of people sitting outside watching presentationTarget: County Agents
Content: Participants will receive timely research-based information on properly building and coordinating local 4-H programs. Subject matter will include 4-H history, club management, promoting programs, recruitment, and volunteer leader management.
Competency Category(s):
4-H Youth Development
Format: Blended (Online/Field)
Date(s): December 9-10, 2021 (Enrollment closes 11/26/21)
Time: December 9 - 9:00am - 4:30pm; December 10 - 8:00am - 4:00pm
Location:
C.A. Vines 4-H Center, Ferndale, AR 

Capacity: 25
Contact(s):
Angie Freel, afreel@uada.edu, (501) 671- 2096; Valerie Seefeld, vseefeld@uada.edu, (501) 671-2352; Jesse Bocksnick, jbocksnick@uada.edu, 501-671-2334

person judging goats in a penTarget: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Assistants
Content: The Training Livestock Judging and Skillathon Teams In-Service will provide County Agents with information on how the livestock judging and skillathon contests work, provide materials to help with training, and go through a practice contest.
Competency Category(s):
Subject Matter Expertise - 4HYD
Format: Blended (Classroom/Field) 
Date(s): December 8-9, 2021
Time: December 8 - 10:00am - 4:30pm; December 9 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location:
Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Arena - Fayetteville 
Capacity: 30
Contact(s):
Chelsey Kimbrough, ckimbrough@uada.edu, (501) 671-2067; Bryan Kutz, bkutz@uark.edu, (479) 601-7417

person judging goats in a penTarget: County Agents, Program Assistants
Content: This course will go over the basics of 4-H'ers having a livestock project (beef, swine, meat goats, sheep) including selection, grooming, facilities, finances, feeding, and project timelines.
Competency Category(s):
Subject Matter Expertise - 4HYD
Format: Blended (Classroom/Field) 
Date(s): January 5-6, 2022
Time: January 5- 10:00am - 4:30pm; January 6 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location:
Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Arena - Fayetteville 
Capacity: 30
Contact(s):
Chelsey Kimbrough, ckimbrough@uada.edu, (501) 671-2067; Bryan Kutz, bkutz@uark.edu, (479) 601-7417; Stacey Stone, sstone@uada.edu, (870)845-9215; Olivia Foster, ofoster@uada.edu, (870) 654-5545

Target: All Employees
Content: This course will certify those that take the course and pass all skills and testing in CPR, First Aid, and AED use. The certification will be good for 2 years. Skills gained during this course will be useful in case of emergencies. It is a good course for agents/specialists to have that work with youth or adults in remote or high-risk settings where immediate medical assistance may be needed - on farms, with aging clientele, 4-H meetings, camps, etc.
Competency Category(s):
4-H Youth Development
Format: Blended (Online/Classroom
Date(s): January 24, 2022
Time: 10:00 am - 500 pm
Location:
Arkansas 4-H Center
Capacity: 16
Contact(s):
Creenna Bocksnick, cbocksnick@uada.edu, (501) 821-6884; Shannon Caldwell, scaldwell@uada.edu, (501) 821-6884

picture of agent working with a group of childrenTarget: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Assistants, Program Associates/Techs, State Faculty
Content: County agents from each county will receive 4-H updates, discover how to conduct training for people with special abilities, receive updates on curriculum and 4-H events, and be trained in programs in each of 4-H's mission mandated areas: Citizenship, Science, and Healthy Living. 
Competency Category(s): 4-H Youth Development
Format: Classroom
Date(s): January 25-26, 2022 (Enrollment closes 1/12/22)
Time: January 25 - 9:00am - 4:30pm; January 26 - 8:00am - 4:30pm
Location: Arkansas 4-H Center
Capacity: 125
Contact(s): Angie Freel, afreel@uada.edu, (501) 671-2096; Lori Canada, lcanada@uada.edu, (501) 671-2064

Target: County Agents
Content: 4-H professionals will be trained using National Project Archeology Foodways lessons and Arkansas-specific Gardening and Gathering curriculum with hands-on lessons focused on Native Americans gathered food, domesticated crops, and hunted. Opportunities to cook healthy recipes from past cultures using traditional techniques will be explored and utilized in 4-H lessons that can easily be utilized in camps, clubs, or in-school programming.
Competency Category(s): 
Subject Matter Expertise- 4HYD
Format: Blended (Classroom/Field)
Date(s): March 1, 2022 (Enrollment closes 2/20/22)
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location:
 Toltec Mounds State Park
Capacity: 20
Contact(s): Hope Bragg, hbragg@uada.edu, (870) 460-1893

Target: County Agents, Program Assistants
Content: Do you have problems tackling STEM ideas in your county? This training will focus on tools available to help you grow those projects with your 4-Hers. One of which we will be looking at the SeaPerch program and the information to get a team started in your area and what it takes to build a SeaPerch ROV.
Competency Category(s): 4-H Youth Development
Format: Classroom
Date(s): 
April 21-22, 2022 (Enrollment closes 3/29/22)
Time: April 21 -9:00am - 4:30pm; April 22 - 8:00am - 3:30pm
Capacity: 15
Location: Arkansas 4-H Center
Contact(s): Lori Canada, lcanada@uada.edu, (501) 413-7610; Hope Bragg, hbragg@uada.edu, (870) 460-1893