We currently assist Horizon Middle School with a multi-ethnic 4H afterschool program every spring and fall with our strong partnership through MN Extension. 4-H hands-on learning & education programs for kids build skills like responsibility, resiliency & hard work, helping them to succeed in life
In the past Cultural Diversity Resources has also partnered with Fargo/Moorhead Venture Youth Alliance. VYA envision a community where the optimum conditions exist for all youth people to thrive and reach their maximum potential. It tracks and organizes community efforts and data over time
In 4H at Horizon Middle School we have focused on citizenship & STEM.
4‑H citizenship programs empower young people to be well-informed citizens who are actively engaged in their communities and the world. Youth learn about civic affairs, build decision-making skills and develop a sense of understanding and confidence in relating and connecting to other people. These life skills help grow 4‑H youth into true leaders.
4‑H science programs provide 4‑H youth the opportunity to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through fun, hands-on activities and projects. Students have had a great time learning about robotics, rocketry, computer science and electrical engineering to teach problem solving, creative and critical thinking, and build excitement for engineering and technology.
It has been great to see these kids return and bring their friends along for this program.
In 2013, VYA collaborated with Minnesota Youth Alliance that provided funding to have CDR serve as a host site and supervisor for two Americorp Promise Fellows for Moorhead Public Schools.
Each PF served an average of 30 youth in grades 6-10; Promise Fellows help young people overcome challenges with attendance, behavior and core academics (the ABC’s). Examples of activities include:
Attendance: Provide attendance coaching, call home if students miss class, organize field trips or other special events to make learning and being at school more engaging and relevant.
Behavior: Coordinate a lunch-time mentoring program, promote youth leadership development through a student-led peer mediation program, connect youth with community and civic opportunities, provide avenues for increased youth engagement in school and the broader community.
Core Academic Support: Provide before, during and after school academic support for individuals and small groups, connect after-school service-learning projects with classroom instruction, connect students with a mentor or tutor, incorporate math/reading games into after-school programming.
Leadership Skills & Giving
The LSG project will be broken down into 3 main elements: “Leadership for life”, “Job readiness skills” and “Give big or go home.”
Leadership for Life: Creating a strong sense of self that enable them to be actively involved in the leadership of their own lives. Lessons involve experiencing belonging and ownership, money smart, pride and accountability and expanding their capacity to enjoy life and know that success is possible.
Job readiness skills: Building awareness of great work ethics, etiquettes and interview skills by conducting mock interviews, job shadowing and class room activities.
Give big or go home: Teach youth the value of giving back and becoming a positive asset to their communities by actively getting involved with and joining a nonprofit as a volunteer.