By Nia Imani Fields
On November 6th, the UME Baltimore County 4-H office held the annual Record Book and Portfolio training. Record keeping and responsibility are two of the skills youth learn through 4-H. Each year, 4-Hers document what they’ve learned through a project completion, record book or senior portfolio. Clovers are also able to reflect on their 4-H year through a clover memory book.
As shared by the University of California 4-H program, 4-H Record Books serve a variety of purposes:
- 4-H Record Books give members an opportunity to reflect on their yearly work. They document their skill development and their learning experiences in a written report. 4-H members measure their achievements and growth in their total years in 4-H.
- 4-H Record Books encourage members to set goals, pursue strategies to meet those goals, and to shift gears in the face of challenges and obstacles. The county and state achievement programs and scholarships provide an incentive for participation, learning, and achievement.
- Completing a 4-H Record Book is a process where 4-H members record project and club work. Records management is a competency skill to identify, create, classify, archive, and preserve records. The 4-H Record Book teaches 4-H members these skills through a standard format.
At the end of the training, youth expressed increased preparedness related to completing a record book or portfolio. We look forward to reading the goals and accomplishments shared by our 4-Hers once the books and portfolios come to the office in February!