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Engaging Youth, Serving Communities Project


Since its humble beginnings more than 100 years ago, 4-H has grown to become the nation's largest youth development organization. 4-H opened the door for youth to learn leadership, citizenship and life skills as well as explore ways to give back.

Many youth face barriers to academic and social issues for different reasons throughout the course of their education. The mentoring effect can be a powerful factor as mentors provide their mentees with an experienced friend who is there to help in any number of situations. Mentors are positive role models who can help build and maintain a consistent and trusting relationship with a mentee. This invaluable relationship is something a mentee will carry with him or her for the rest of his or her life.

Those who mentor feel rewarded by being someone who matters. Many learn a lot about themselves, and feel an improvement in their self-esteem, confidence and communication skills. Being a mentor allows youth to step out of their comfort zone and gain a deeper understanding of different cultures, different generations and the community they live in. Through support from the Hawaii 4-H Foundation, Youth-Adult Partnerships (YAP) teams will be trained to provide a mentoring program to benefit youth in their community.

Project Commitments:

Teams must agree to participate in the training for ENGAGING YOUTH, SERVING COMMUNITIES (EYSC) - Hawaii 4-H Mentoring Project. Airfare, lodging, meals, transportation and registration fee will be provided for your team (two youth and one adult); individuals will be responsible for personal purchases of food and incidentals. The training will be held June 10-12, 2016

  • Each team must be made up of 2 youth (9th – 12th grade) and 1 adult. YAP team members must have 4-H enrollment forms on file.
  • Upon returning from the training, teams must understand that their commitment and involvement will be until project requirements are completed or no later than December 15, 2016.
  • Teams will identify issues concerning their community and will create, design, implement, and evaluate youth mentoring projects in their communities. Youth should be involved in all areas of the project.
  • Team members will complete Common Measures surveys and provide written testimonials about the project. They will also administer an evaluation to mentees (program participants) as well.
  • The teams may use lessons from the mentoring training, the National 4-H juried curricula or any materials/lessons developed by Cooperative Extension Service to design their mentoring project/program. The teams will focus on science and healthy living for the mentees (program participants). Mentors will engage in meaningful service (citizenship) with guidance and assistance from their adult team member. By the end of the project period, each YAP team will engage a minimum of 25 youths (grades K-5) that completed a minimum of six (6) project hours in one 4-H focus area.
  • Teams may request up to $400.00 for supplies and materials to implement the projects. To be reimbursed, original receipts will be required. Two thrids of the seed money will be given at the beginning of the project with the final thrid given upon completion of the project and complete submission of reports.
  • On-line meeting will be held to monitor progress of projects and Q & A.
  • Teams will be required to submit progress reports, a final report and expenditure report on the following due dates:
    • August 1, 2016 (Progress Report)
    • October 1, 2016 (Progress Report)
    • December 15, 2016 (Final Report and Expenditure Report)
    • Teams will share lessons and skills via video recording or PowerPoint presentation

      ** Signature on application indicates your commitment to all aspects of this project as stated above

      Application Form - Due April 8, 2016

      Project Budget


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