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Making a Long-Term Investment in 4‑H Youth

One method that we rely on to fund Indiana 4‑H programming is grant funding. Grants can fortify current programs and even allow the funding for new and innovative programs. Listed below are some of our most recent grants. We’re grateful for the confidence of the granting institutions in the Foundation and Indiana 4‑H to responsibly administer and use funds and take our responsibilities as grantees very seriously.

ADM Cares, $8,500 4‑H Robotics, 2014

The Robotics subject area in the Indiana 4‑H Youth Development Program is designed to introduce youth ages 9-18 to beginning, intermediate and advanced skills in robotics concepts. Youth develop decision making and critical thinking skills and implement an understanding of the scientific and engineering design processes as they build real and virtual robots. As they work with 4‑H adult volunteers (who serve as role models) they advance through the program and move from exploring robotic arms by studying pneumatics, arm designs and three-dimensional space to the more complex aspects of engineering design including sensors, analog and digital systems, electronic components, circuitry, programming and instructions for robotic computer control.

Teens Teaching Youth | 2013 | AgriScience/Biotechnology $30,000

Indiana teens in 4‑H went through initial training and then helped train other youth from across Indiana counties in AgriScience and Biotechnology projects. Those 4‑H youth went back to their counties and led biotechnology programs for upper-elementary and younger middle-school students, many of whom have never taken part in 4‑H.

Farm Credit Mid-America | 2013 | Community Service Grant $10,000

Farm Credit Mid-America challenged 4‑H youth in Indiana to put $10,000 to work. Working with adult volunteers and leaders 4‑H Clubs developed community service projects. Youth then created a proposal for $750. Each project’s Farm Credit allocation was matched by the youth with an equal or greater value of cash, products or services.

426 4‑H members participated in the Farm Credit Community Service program, along with 57 Adult 4‑H Volunteers, over 1,051 other community members, and 28 Farm Credit Mid-America employees did $24,150 in community service projects.

Thirteen 4‑H Club projects were funded. From planting trees to pouring concrete –youth put the Farm Credit funding to work.

Corteva (Dow) AgroSciences | 2013 | State 4‑H Science Coordinator $60,000

To create a new statewide initiative that would engage companies in science, engineering and technology to work with 4‑H members in a way that will offer a fun and engaging avenue to explore and deepen their knowledge of and interest in 4‑H science fields and careers.

Lilly Endowment Grant | Fall 2010 | $208,000 over 2 years

The generous Lilly Endowment Grant will be used to support new science, engineering, and technology educational initiatives across the state. The Indiana 4‑H science initiatives and programs are a response to a growing demand for skilled workers in science fields and are part of the 4‑H Science Mission Mandate. You can learn more about the grant and the science programs it will support in an article in our latest newsletter.

Learn more about the Lilly Endowment here.

Pioneer Community Investment Giving Grant | Spring 2011 | $20,000

This Pioneer Community Investment-funded grant will be put to use to distribute Indiana Science mini grants across the state. The mini grants will fund the establishment of new 4‑H clubs that will place special emphasis on involving female and minority youth and engaging a diverse population of volunteers in Indiana 4‑H science programming.

Visit Pioneer on the web and learn about their Community Investment program here.

Wal-Mart Foundation Grant | Spring 2011 | $96,000

A new Indiana 4‑H program, “Feeding Tomorrow’s Future Today,” is being made possible by the latest grant we’ve received from the Wal-Mart Foundation. The new program is designed to fill the weekend food gap for public school students enrolled in free and reduced lunch programs while educating teens about food insecurity in their communities, the cost of food, and how to follow a budget. The program will be piloted in the upcoming academic year with 4‑H Junior Leaders in Blackford, Elkhart, Wells, and Vanderburgh counties. Working with social workers, counselors and teachers, these teens will be part of a solution to real problems in their own backyards.

Learn more about Wal-Mart’s commitment to community giving here.

Duke Energy | Spring 2020 | Summary of all Grants and recent $15k

Over the past eight years, Duke Energy’s support of the Indiana 4‑H Program has totaled nearly $200,000, providing countless opportunities for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming to reach more youth in rural, suburban, and urban communities with programs like the 4‑H Robotics SPARK Program and the 4‑H Maker Kits. The resources have been a hit with 4‑H youth, adult volunteers, and even those outside 4‑H clamoring for more.

Last year in Hendricks County, 92 youth attended the 4‑H Robotics Encounter, and 86 of those finished their first year of 4‑H Robotics. Each one participated in 8 hours of volunteer-led robotics learning. A demonstration of Miami County’s new Maker Kit in 2018 at the Butler Busy Bee’s 4‑H Club saw 45 4‑H youth, 25 adults, and another 15 youth in attendance. Public libraries and service organizations, after hearing about the excitement and buzz that have been created with these new learning tools, have also asked for 4‑H to come demonstrate the Maker Kits.

Duke Energy | Fall 2019 | $15k Kits for Union, Hancock, Putnam and Vermillion.

More than half of 4‑H member participants report they would like a job related to science when they graduate from high school. Duke Energy is helping future students meet that goal by generously donating $15,000 for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) 4‑H Makers Kits to the Indiana 4‑H Foundation.

4‑H STEM Makers Kits are a popular way for youth to explore fields in science. STEM and robotics activities introduce kids to hands-on, experiential-based learning using new and fun technologies to stimulate their creative and critical thinking skills. The Indiana 4‑H Program has a proven history of efficiently leveraging Duke Energy funding in communities to introduce STEM education and opportunities to kids and families who are experiencing these programs for the first time.

Farm Credit | Fall 2018 | $25k

Every year for the past decade, Farm Credit has generously sponsored two Accomplishment Scholarships annually which have, in turn, afforded many Indiana 4‑H youth a better future through post secondary education. In 2015, Farm Credit pledged to do a matching grant for 3 consecutive years that would match all unrestricted gifts to the Indiana 4‑H Foundation’s end of year giving campaign, dollar-for-dollar, up to $25,000 a year.

Additionally, in 2018, Farm Credit sponsored the Heifer International Global Gateway Experience at the Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas, where 4‑H youth gained experiences and a greater understanding of global hunger issues.

Indiana Soybean Alliance | Spring 2016 | Teens as Teachers

This program empowers older 4‑H members to spread knowledge and awareness of science concepts within 4‑H projects to younger members, their peers, and communities. Those attending learn interactive ways to teach concepts such as genetic pairing, disease transmission, DNA, bioplastics, and water properties with everything from strawberries and M&M’s to plastic bags and soybeans.

The agenda includes opportunities to learn about different career opportunities in science as well as planning time for the teen teams to formulate goals for implementation and work with their adult mentor. Participants develop valuable life skills like teamwork, critical thinking, and goal planning all while increasing their STEM knowledge and interest.

Thanks to the resources and instruction provided that address not only learning content but also how to educate those back home, 100% of the biotechnology participants either agree or strongly agree that as a result of participation in this program “I have a plan for reaching my goals” and “I can do an experiment to answer a question.”