University of Maryland Extension

The 4-H Youth Expo

Flyer for Baltimore City 4-H Youth Expo

2019 4-H Youth Expo Documents

To download documents including the Expo Fact Sheet and Criteria Booklet, please click the links below. 

** Please Note: The completion and return of forms found at the close of the Criteria Book document are necessary for exhibit entry.

2019 Expo Flyer

2019 Criteria Book

2019 Expo PSA

 

 

 

2018  4-H Youth Expo

Investing in Youth to Grow Our Future.

2018 University of Maryland Extension,

Baltimore City 4-H Youth Expo 

BCCC Liberty Campus

May 19, 2018

4-H Expo BC

4-H expo 3 BC

4H Expo 4 BC

 

 

2018 Expo Documents

To download documents including the Expo Fact Sheet and Criteria Booklet, please click the links below. 

** Please Note: The completion and return of forms found at the close of the Criteria Book document are necessary for exhibit entry.

2018 Expo Flyer

2018 Criteria Book

2018 Expo PSA

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2016 Baltimore City 4-H Youth Expo

 

4-H Adopts an Urban Style

by: Cathy Allen Special to the AFRO(Courtesy Photo)Jun 1, 2016 Please visit original article: http://afro.com/4-h-adopts-an-urban-style/

 

Cathy Allen

Meet Damien, a middle school student from Baltimore City. Damien is sitting sideways in a chair nestled in a sunny corner of a schools’ auditorium. He’s wearing bright yellow earbuds, bopping his head to the rhymes of the music playing on his iPhone. But underneath all that sway, Damien is shaking in his boots with nervousness and excited energy.

You see, Damien has entered his photo into a photography competition sponsored by The University of Maryland Extension-Baltimore City 4-H Youth Development Program. If Damien’s photography submission is chosen as the first, second or third place winner he goes on to the Maryland State Fair Competition.

Now I know you’re wondering, what does 4-H, an agriculture program have to do with creative arts like photography?

In recent years, 4-H Urban Youth Programming has revamped its programming to reflect the culture of the urban population through competitive and non-competitive creative arts and sciences that includes: photography, spoken words, poetry, fashion and jewelry design, and theater arts. In addition, engineering/technology, horticulture and agriculture sciences are also taught.

Manami Brown, Baltimore City extension educator, heads up Baltimore’s 4-H urban youth program. She was appointed the 4-H Baltimore City Extension Director with the University of Maryland Extension. Manami and her team of environmental, nutrition, and health educators are leading the charge in 4-H Urban Youth Development.

On May 14, the Baltimore City Extension 4-H, the Department of Agriculture, Maryland Baltimore City Master Gardeners, youths, parents, and community members held the first of its kind, Baltimore City 4-H Youth Expo at Thomas Jefferson Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore City. The expo showcased city-wide youth efforts in photography, fashion/jewelry art, poetry and baked goods.

“Youth citywide who participate in the University of Maryland Extension, Baltimore City 4-H Youth Development Program receive leadership, nutrition, workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and science development skills. As a result, they become positive role models in their communities, which leads to youth-led initiatives that engages communities in civic, business, community mapping, and other science and related projects,” said Brown.

Currently, school education curriculums have been lean when offering programming that promotes positive expression, the spirit of competition, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. As a result, individual schools are reaching out and incorporating programming such as 4-H Urban Youth Development into their curriculums. Just ask Angela Henry, principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore, who adopted the 4-H programming for the entire school. Now all 300 plus students at Thomas Jefferson Elementary/Middle School are engaging in some form of 4-H programming during school and after-school.

In the 1960’s 4-H was introduced to the urban population under the U. S. Department of Urban Agriculture. To educate urban youth between the ages of 5-18 in: entrepreneurship, nutrition education – which included vegetables and fruit canning, agriculture, workforce readiness, leadership and citizenship. The creative arts competition component of 4-H before the 1960’s were limited to sewing, arts and craft for girl 4-H groups only.

To incorporate 4-H Youth Development Programs in your school, community, or groups contact: The University of Maryland Extension office at 410.856.1850, ext. 114 or email wjagat@umd.edu

 As for Damien, I’m proud to say his photo came in first place in the photography competition. Damien is headed off to the State Fair in August with loads of resources, encouragement and support from his peers, 4-H and school educators, family and friends. Go Damien.

Cathy Allen is an award-winning Urban Environmentalist, the co-creator of G.R.A.S.S. (Growing Resources After Sowing Seed) as well as Chair of the “Grow-It Eat It” campaign.

G.R.A.S.S. is an environmental entrepreneurial nonprofit program based on the fundamentals of gardening, agriculture and ecology. In conjunction with Baltimore City Public Schools, Allen’s campaign has planted over a half-million trees on the lawns of Baltimore City public schools.

- See more at: http://afro.com/4-h-adopts-an-urban-style/#sthash.StIzR07V.dpuf

 

2016 Highlights of the Baltimore City 4-H Youth Expo

 

The Baltimore City 4-H Youth Expo was held at the Thomas Jefferson Elementary Middle School on Saturday, May 14, 2016.  It was a successful event whereby youth gathered to show their skills and talents. The Expo allowed the youth to share their singing, to demonstrate science experiments, to sell bookmarks made by their 4-H Club, and to exhibit art works, science projects and sewing skills. The youth also worked with Master Gardeners to construct a Bio Dome and to renovate the pathway and garden at the Thomas Jefferson Elementary Middle School. A demonstration of vermiculture was very interesting to the youth.

 

The Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, James Eichhorst, was benign to accept our invitation to present at the Expo 2016, and shared his personal 4-H experiences.

Former 4-H youth Andrea Simon shared her experience as a 4-Her. 

 

The Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, James Eichhorst, and his assistant greeted volunteers and staff at the event.

 

A display of some the many science exhibits created by 4-H youth.

 

 Baltimore City 4-H animal science program where a 4-H Youth is observing

 the goats.

 

The Director of UME- Baltimore City office Mrs. Manami Brown to the left, next to her The Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, James Eichhorst, and former 4-H youth, Andrea Simon to the right.

 

Click HERE for additional pictures of the Expo.

 

 

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Updated: 2/13/2019

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