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Story Title CCE Franklin Creates 4-H Relationship with Remote Town. Program Franklin ... youth in a “forgotten” small rural town of southern Franklin. County.
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CCE Franklin Creates 4-H Relationship with Remote Town Franklin - 4-H Youth Development Abby Langdon Pat Banker

Is this related to an Equal Yes Program/Employment Opportunity? Executive Summary The 4-H youth development department of Cornell Cooperative Extension provides meals and 4-H education to youth in a “forgotten” small rural town of southern Franklin County. I s s u e s / N e e d s a n d During the spring of 2015 it was brought to CCEs attention Audiences that there wa s a summe r da y c a mp pr ogr a m f or youth lo c a te d in Franklin County that was facing some struggles. The Vermontville summer day camp is located in the southern tip of Franklin County in a town referred to as Franklin and also known as Vermontville. The program was currently facing not being able to offer meals for youth involved in the day camp. The director of the program was also looking for more educational projects and activities to offer youth. According to a study by Hunger Solutions NY in 2010, only 1 in 7 of the low-income students who depend on the National School Lunch Program had access to summer meals. Hunger Solutions NY also stated “when summer programs serve quality, child-friendly food, children are attracted to the programs and more likely to consistently participate.” Extension Responses

CCE collaborated with JCEO of Clinton and Franklin counties to provide transportation of meals to the Vermontville summer day camp through the Summer Feeding Program. CCE also sent an educator once a week for 8 weeks to provide lessons from 4-H curricula to youth in the small rural town. A c c o m p l i sh men ts an d CCE Franklin County provided means to transport summer Impacts meals from JCEO in Malone to Vermontville (45 miles). Along with providing the meals, 4-H lessons and activities were also offered. Some of the projects and activities youth participated in included, Project Wet activities, Geocaching and GIS, edible wilds and wilderness survival, ornithology projects and natural resources activities. Without the collaboration of CCE Franklin County a vast majority of residential youth would not have the opportunity to receive any 4-H programming. Program educators were also able to provide parents with an abundance of knowledge related o 4-H events and opportunities. Many of the youth and parents traveled to experience the youth building at the county fair to see some of their projects and meet other 4-Hers.

Collaborators Special funding sources (if any)

Joint Council for Economic Opportunity (JCEO), Cathy Drake (Vermontville Summer Day Camp Director)