Success StoryKentucky 4-H Virtual Experience



Kentucky 4-H Virtual Experience

Author: Leslea Barnes

Planning Unit: Crittenden County CES

Major Program: 4-H Communications and Expressive Arts Core Curriculum

Plan of Work: Empowering Community Leaders

Outcome: Long-Term Outcome

When the COVID-19 global pandemic forced Kentuckians into quarantine youth and families began spending more time at home, minimizing opportunities for youth to engage in typical extracurricular activities. Due to this situation the Kentucky 4-H Program began the Kentucky 4-H Virtual Experiences on social media platforms. The goal of the Kentucky 4-H Virtual Experiences was to maintain ways for youth and families to engage with 4-H projects, events and activities while learning new life skills through a trusted source with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment Cooperative Extension Service.

Kentucky 4-H has featured all seven 4-H program areas through this virtual platform. Youth, families, professionals, and volunteers from across the Commonwealth have been featured. The audience of the Kentucky 4-H social media platforms has increased, along with the engagement rate of followers. This in turn has increased the presence and participation of new audiences as well as awareness of the benefits of participation in 4-H activities. Youth and families have had the opportunity through the Kentucky 4-H Virtual Experience to connect with people from across the Commonwealth, the United States, and our world.

Crittenden County has had 13 individuals participate in the Kentucky 4-H Virtual Experience as a presenter. They were able to practice mastery through this experience by sharing their skills with others while gaining confidence in public speaking.  Crittenden County had videos on Hand Lettering, Early American Heritage Project, Electricity, and photos of youth who completed local projects.   The 4-Hers work reached 31,258 people with an engagement number of 2,296.






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