Extension Service to offer training to afterschool program providers

The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service will offer 4-H Afterschool Program Provider Training from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service office, 500 Idaho St.

Classes are offered free of charge. Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) are available for a fee of $10. The class will offer verified training through the Travelling Arkansas Professional Pathways Registry. Classroom teachers can also receive professional development hours for completing this training.

The Cooperative Extension’s Arkansas 4-H Afterschool provider classes will give hands-on tools to enhance the quality of the school-age program. Participants will learn about all the new and exciting activities and experiences that 4-H can offer and will get an explanation on how 4-H can enhance existing programs. Resource information on the structure of a 4-H Club, how to operate a 4-H Club, and how to use the innovative curriculum to keep youth interested and excited about being in an afterschool program will also be provided.

The 4-H program has a variety of youth leadership opportunities that can enhance youth programs. The 4-H Afterschool training curriculum is designed to promote positive youth development and to teach life skills through research-based hands-on curriculum.

The topics to be covered include healthy lifestyle choices, positive youth development, service learning, citizenship and junk drawer robotics.

To register for the training or to receive additional information, contact Pia Woods at 870-534-1033. The deadline to register is Monday.

This program is open to all interested persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information should notify the county Extension office as soon as possible prior to the activity.