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Oneida County 4-H Continues to Offer Programs Through COVID-19 Pandemic

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The Oneida County 4-H program is still finding ways to connect with kids even during the pandemic.

Junk drawer robotics, a Star Wars-themed LEGO camp, and fishing skills are just some of the programs Oneida County 4-H is offering this fall.

4-H is going virtual to keep people safe during the COVID-19. Program coordinator Anne Williams said while the programs go virtual kids are still learning the same life skills.

“It’s about youth and project-base education,” said Williams. “Through project learning kids and teens can explore their interests and master new skills and that’s really what it’s about it.”

For each project there is an adult volunteer who has been carefully screened and trained.

Williams says that adult presence is more important than ever.

“The pandemic has really made it difficult for young people to access caring adults beyond their parents One very important factor that research has shown in developing resilience in the face of adversity is the presence  of at least one stable, caring and supportive caregiver, parent, or other adult,” said Williams, “Having that extra support can help youth and teens be more equipped to navigate this new world.”

4-H is open to kids starting in kindergarten through one year past high school.

The deadline to sign up for some of the fall programs is this Friday. All registration information can be found online at https://oneida.extension.wisc.edu or by calling 715-365-2750. 4-H is free to join.