4-H members can and do want to complete their non-livestock projects. But, the project books and completion requirements can certainly intimidate members and their parents who don’t have strong leader support. To address the concern of low non-livestock project completion rates, the county’s first Kids College was held in spring 2011. From meal plans to electives and general education courses, the one-day event has proved to be an effective stimulus for non-livestock project completion as well as an introduction to college life. The program, now in its tenth year, continues to serve more than 40 youth annually.
Participants in Kids College come away with new project-related skills and knowledge; with increased understanding of the project completion requirements and pre-fair judging expectations; with increased understanding of the 4-H project interview process and increased communication skills; with new 4-H friends; and having had a positive, fun experience.
2020 Kids College will be held April 18, 2020.