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Building Leaders for Tomorrow - BLT

B.L.T. is a set of resource sheets for aiding volunteers, Extension educators and teen leaders in developing a progressive leadership plan that allows members to explore and learn about various leadership roles and the importance of each within the 4-H program. Each activity sheet notes one of three developmental age levels and provides the facilitator with background information about a specific life skill(s). The activity provides an opportunity to do, reflect and apply the life skill(s) through group participation and interaction.

B.L.T. - Building Leaders for Tomorrow

Instilling and developing leadership capabilities in 9-19 year olds.

How to Use BLT - 1/2015

Timmy's Story - a story of progressive leadership development

Beginning (9-11 year old) level skills and activities:

Concept or Skill Development

Life Skills

Behavioral Indicators/Ages and Stages

Activities to Help Learn Life Skills

Identifying your leadership interests – leader, follower, worker, helper, etc.

Hands - Leadership

Like to explore new things, idolize older children and adults.

#19: Road to Emerald City

#22: Three Positions

Leadership roles and opportunities to develop skills – committee member, committee chair, helper, sub-committees, officer

Hands – Teamwork

Head – Marketable Skills

Like to help and want to demonstrate new skills. Imitate older boys and girls.

#26: Build a Machine

Committee work – what is a committee and the various opportunities through committee work

Heart – Cooperation, Social Skills, Communications, Sharing

Hands – Teamwork

Eager to try new things.

#13: Recycled Art

#15: Interference

Communications – accepting difference, conflict resolution, verbal vs. non-verbal

Heart – Communications, Conflict Resolution, Accepting Differences

Enjoy working in same gender groups.

#8: Surrounded by Beauty

Teamwork – leadership is about leading a meaningful life and having a heightened awareness and understanding of our individual strengths and weaknesses when contributing to group efforts.

Health – Self-responsibility, Self-discipline

Hands – Contributions to Group Effort

Group and club membership is important and they enjoy symbols and ceremony.

#5: Team Hand Squeeze

#11: Human Knot

#12: Spider Web

#16: Happily Ever After

#17: Fragmented Fairytales

Cooperation - compromise

Heart – Concern for Others, Nurturing Relationships

Health - Managing Feelings

Don’t accept failure well, sensitive to criticism.

#3: Winners

#9: Find Your Tree

Learning to learn – Planning and organizing

Head – Planning/Organizing, Goal Setting, Problem Solving

Short attention span; often don’t like to keep records.

#7: The Sales Pitch

#21: Can of Worms

Developing responsibility – doing what is right, keeping your word

Health – Character

Hands – Responsible Citizenship

Head – Decision Making

Youth have limited decision-making abilities, activities should be chosen to ensure early success and build confidence.

#14: Believe It or Knot

 

Intermediate (12-14 year old) level skills and activities:

Concept or Skill Development

Life Skills

Behavioral Indicators/Ages and Stages

Activities to Help Learn Life Skills

Refining Leadership Skills –committee chair, officer, time management, working within limitations and boundaries

Hands – Teamwork, Marketable Skills

Health – Stress Management, Character

Head – Goal Setting

Want to participate in decisions and be independent.

#12: Spider Web

#22: Three Positions

Developing teaching skills with the aid of a mentor – planning, organizing and conducting a workshop

Heart – Sharing, Cooperation

Head – Planning/Organizing, Critical Thinking, Keeping Records, Wise Use of Resources, Learning to Learn

Hands - Volunteering, Marketable Skills

Still needs adult guidance, enjoy attention from older youth.

#19: Road to Emerald City

Community Service - Service learning and volunteerism, helping others, participating for the good of the whole (organizations, club, county, etc.)

Heart – Concern for Others, Empathy

Hands – Teamwork, Contribution to Group Effort

Head – Service Learning

Prefer action oriented activities.

#7: The Sales Pitch

 

Communications – accepting difference, conflict resolution, verbal vs. non-verbal

Heart – Communications, Conflict Resolution, Accepting Differences

Health – Managing Feelings

Concerned about being liked and developing social graces.

#6: Distance Dance

#15: Interference

#27 Knot or Not?

Teamwork – Nurturing relationship (club, community, family, school, etc.)

Heart – Cooperation, Accepting Differences, Social Skills, Empathy

Health – Managing Feelings

Enjoy working in coeducational groups.

#18: Tossing the Pizza

Celebrate Yourself – confidence, self-respect, identifying strengths and weaknesses and how to use to your advantage

Health – Self-esteem, Character

Heart – Accepting Differences

Concerned about physical development, preoccupation with the body and belonging.

#1: Can and Able

#2: The Best Product Ever

#3: Winners

Increased Responsibility – making choices/decisions, taking responsibility for coordinating school and extracurricular activities.

Head – Critical Thinking

Health – Healthy Lifestyle Choices, Personal Safety, Self-discipline

Hands – Self-motivation

Youth are striving for increased freedom from adult controls.

#4: Urgent Telegrams

Opportunities to develop skills at developmental level of 12-14 year old.

Head – Resiliency

Hands – Marketable Skills

Health – Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Heart – Social Skills

Youth want to feel wanted and enjoy opportunities to show their skills in a group where they feel at ease.

#10: Seeking Shelter

Advanced (15-19 year old) level will focus on:

Concept or Skill Development

Life Skills

Behavioral Indicators/Ages and Stages

Activities to Help Learn Life Skills

Applying Leadership Skills – take full responsibility for office, club, committees, and leadership roles.  Counsel and communicate with adult mentors/volunteers.  Conduct ones self as a role model, mentor, counselor and teen leader.

Hands –Marketable Skills, Community Service Volunteering

Health –Character, Personal Safety

Head – Critical Thinking

Heart – Concern for Others

Want and need a strong voice in planning their own programs. Want adults to act as advisors instead of leaders.

#24 Flying in Formation

#28: The Rescuers

#29: Management Exam

Plan, organize and conduct educational programs and serve as a mentor for younger members.

Heart – Sharing, Nurturing Relationships, Communications

Head – Planning/Organizing, Critical Thinking, Keeping Records, Wise Use of Resources, Problem Solving

Hands - Volunteering, Marketable Skills

Are developing community consciousness, enjoy sharing their skills and talents.

#19: Road to Emerald City

#18: Tossing the Pizza

Civic Involvement/Youth Governance – Identify needs of the community, environment, organization or individual.  Take action for improving social needs by utilize the laws and the democratic process.

Heart – Concern for Others, Empathy

Hands – Community Service Volunteering, Contribution to Group Effort

Head – Wise Use of Resources, Service Learning, Resiliency, Problem Solving

Are developing community consciousness. Enjoy discussions and debates on social and economic problems.

#4: Urgent Telegrams

#10: Seeking Shelter

Communications – accepting difference, conflict resolution, verbal vs. non-verbal (panel discussions, debate, extemporaneous, etc.)

Heart – Communications, Conflict Resolution, Accepting Differences

Health – Managing Feelings

Head – Critical Thinking

Have high social needs and desires. Often need an adult to talk to outside of their family.

#6: Distance Dance

#15: Interference

#27 Knot or Not?

Teamwork – Nurturing relationship (involving and preparing others for leadership roles - mentor) and sharing and delegating responsibilities.

 

Heart – Cooperation, Accepting Differences, Social Skills

Health – Character

Head – Wise Use of Resources, Decision Making

Want to improve decision-making skills, enjoy democratic group procedures and group discussions.  Like their independence.

#22: Three Positions

#23: Fast Forward and Rewind

#25: Body Parts

 

Health Lifestyle Choices – serve as a role model in word, deed, thought and action.

Health – Self-responsibility, Self-discipline

Heart – Concern for Others

Hands – Self-motivation

Have the ability to recognize their position as a role model to younger youth. Developing a sense of purpose and future.

#20: Trust Lift

#3: Winners

#30: Reflections

 

Opportunities to develop and apply skills at developmental level of 15-19 year old. (Resume, applications, etc.)

Head – Record Keeping

Hands – Self-Motivation, Marketable Skills

Health – Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Heart – Concern for Others, Conflict Resolution

Are beginning to think of leaving home for college, employment, etc.

#2: The Best Product Ever