EL PASO COUNTY 4-H NEWSLETTER
Over 24 million people in the U.S. lack high-speed internet access, and many more don’t have the skills needed to take full advantage of online resources. The combination of inadequate internet access and limited digital skills has created a digital divide, impacting future opportunities for young people and adults. 4-H Tech Changemakers is empowering young people to close the divide and provide people in their communities by providing the education and tools they need to teach digital skills to adults in their communities. Learn more about the 4-H Tech Changemaker project at: https://4-h.org/about/4-h-at-home/tech-changemakers
In the Spring of 2021, El Paso County 4-H was one of four counties in Texas receiving a grant from the National 4-H Council to implement the Tech Changemaker program. Through partnerships with Microsoft, Verizon, Land O Lakes, and the Tractor Supply Company, the National 4-H Council has been able to empower youth to learn how they can made a difference in the digital divide. El Paso County 4-H is committed to training teen ambassadors from across the county, who will assess, plan, implement, and evaluate educational programs for adults in their local community.
Bring 4-H Tech Changemakers to El Paso County
How to become a 4-H Tech Changemaker
The application process will be open from Wednesday, May 5th to Friday, June 11th, 2021. El Paso County 4-H is focused on selecting 25 to 30 teens from across the county for this project. All applicants will be interviewed the week of June 21st, which can take place in-person or virtually. All accepted applicants will need to attend training on July 19th to 22nd from 9 am to 3 p.m. Additional online seminars will be set up through the Texas 4-H State Office in August to connect all four counties implementing the 4-H Tech Changemaker Program. Teen Ambassadors will begin programming in their local community during the 2021-2022 school year.
4-H Tech Changemakers Application4-H Tech Change Maker Application
Cyber Bullying Resources and Information
Teens and young adults are connecting and sharing their lives in an increasingly complex digital world. Parents fret about online security, the appropriateness of content, and a kind of harassment they themselves never had to navigate: cyberbullying. No longer confined to school playgrounds and hallways, bullying has been taken to a new level. About 37% of young people are estimated to have been bullied online. Cyberbullying presents a special challenge because parents and teachers feel that they lack the technological knowledge to keep kids safe. The sites, apps, and games young people are using are frequently changing which means cyberbullying can be tough to detect and combat. Below is a link to provide information on the subject:
4-H Scholarship Information
San Antonio Livestock Exposition (S.A.L.E.)
Are you interested in attending Prairie View A & M University in the fall?
This scholarship provides FIVE SCHOLARSHIPS- $15,000 EACH for academic support for identified S.A.L.E. majors to incoming first-year students.
Applications are Due May 1st.
For More Information About the S.A.L.E. Scholarship,
Joaquina Scott Kankam
Extension Program Specialist