It’s a great privilege to share one’s life experiences with others. It’s even more marvelous when the people you’re sharing with are today’s youth. I am honored to pass along numerous photographic hints and tips I’ve picked up over the years to our local 4-H Club’s photography students.
We meet once a month for 8 months to learn, practice, and prepare their presentations for fair competition. I am pleased to say that over the years, several of my students were awarded top marks in the county competition, and a few even advanced to state and continued their success.
“For more than 100 years, 4‑H has been welcoming kids of all beliefs and backgrounds, giving them a voice to express who they are and how they make their lives and communities better”, (from 4-h.org). Originally, it was established to improve life in rural areas and became a way to teach leading trends in agriculture technology to the adults via their children. Today, the many and varied programs have expanded well beyond that singular concept. A very small sampling of the skills your child can learn include: Aquatic Science, Vet Science, Aerospace, Robotics, Wood Science, Shooting Sports, Bee Keeping, Forestry, and of course, Photography.
Over and above the technical skill taught, the larger goal of 4-H is to instill a sense of citizenship, leadership, and responsibility within our youth. “Through 4‑H civic engagement programs, youth learn about civic affairs, build decision-making skills and develop a sense of understanding and confidence in relating and connecting to other people”, (also from 4-h.org).
If you think 4-H may be of interest to your child, or you yourself would like to become an adult project leader, I encourage you to seek out your local 4-H organization. To learn more, visit https://4-h.org/ online. Additional information is often found at your County Extension office. For us living in El Paso County, Colorado, it’s https://elpaso.extension.colostate.edu/about-4-h/.
Yes, you really can make a difference in the future, and feel great about it too!
(Photos used with parental consent.)