The 2020-2021 school year provided unique opportunities for both youth and adults to learn differently. The COVID-19 global pandemic may have changed how we delivered high-quality youth programming, but it certainly didn’t stop the Itasca County 4-H Office. One example of the many pivots our Extension Educators made, was the 4-H Adulting 101 Program.
4-H Adulting 101 is a partner-based program directed at youth grades 7-12. Youth in the program learn and practice a variety of social emotional learning skills that are important in becoming a successful adult. These skills include: Communication, Emotional Management, Goal Setting, Stress Management and many more.
This program was previously delivered in-person, but due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, was moved to an online experience via Zoom. Four partner sites co-facilitated the program alongside Itasca County Extension Educator Courtney Johnson; Deer River Alternative Learning Program, Grand Rapids Area Learning Center, Northern Lights Community School and Kootasca’s Teenage Parent Program.
From November 2020 to May 2021, 44 youth participated from across Itasca County. Evaluation data is still being analyzed however, below are a few comments from youth participants:
- “Tracking habits has helped me figure out what time I use for free time and how I can and should make more time for other activities.”
- “I was feeling down so I started to write down S.M.A.R.T goals (that we learned in 4-H Adulting 101) so that I could see my goals written down on paper.”
- “It was fun and thanks for being so understanding and patient with us. Thanks for letting us choose if we want are camera on and if we want to speak out loud or use chat.”
We look forward to sharing out more highlights from this year’s program in July!
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Itasca County