As I have mentioned before, summer is a busy time for the Clay County 4-H program. One of the most exciting events we coordinate is the Achievement/Communications Fair in July.
This event is a chance for youth to showcase project learning in the "static" project areas such as photography, robotics, horticulture and clothing. As you may know, we utilize adults from around our area to judge the exhibits in these project areas. We are currently looking for more adults to be trained as 4-H judges. This training is a unique experience because adults that complete this training learn the aspects of 4-H positive youth development, how to facilitate the conference judging experience, evaluate, educate and encourage youth participants.
One of the great things about this training is that we know as adults, you will be coming to this training with knowledge in your given field. We cannot teach you to be an expert in photography or communications in four hours. We will not be able to teach you the proper texture of a chocolate chip cookie or if the proper design elements are identified in a visual arts exhibit.
What we can do and what our trainers are able to do well, is share the 4-H equation and how it ties together all the elements of the 4-H experience. We can help take the mystery out of making a conference judging experience positive and rewarding for youth. We can help you identify ages and stages in youth and be able to effectively communicate with youth from third grade to seniors in high school.
We will also give you the tools to be able to evaluate an exhibit by being a good listener, educate by sharing your personal project knowledge and encourage by having youth share their challenges and joys they have had working on the exhibit. This training will enable participants to not only judge in Clay County, but they will also be entered into a database that indicates other counties they would like to judge.
If you are interested in being a judge for the 4-H program, please contact our office at 262-2264. The next judges training will be conducted in Clay County from 5-9 p.m June 10. You do not have to be familiar with the 4-H program to be a 4-H judge. Please consider sharing your knowledge with youth in the 4-H program.