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Connecting Personal Development to Other Projects and More!

Personal Development is a project that can be integrated into any other project.  The topics addressed in the Personal Development Curriculum focus on life skills that can be taught in any project.

Piggybacking Projects Ideas

Consider the following ideas for ways to "piggyback" the personal development project with other projects.

  • Topics in the personal development curriculum can be used to spark public speaking topics. For example, the intermediate lesson, "Cyber Space:  Keep It Safe" focuses on internet safety could be used to develop a speech on this topic.
  • Lessons on goal-setting and time management could be integrated into livestock project meetings or shooting sports project meetings.
  • Lessons on responsibility, self-control, and interview skills could be taught to youth involved in a child care project.  These skills could be beneficial for teens who baby-sit.
  • Lessons on goal-setting can be used with any project because goals are the foundation of project work.
  • Lessons on teamwork and citizenship could be used with teen leaders, county ambassadors, or club officer training.

Community Service Ideas

Community service and service learning ideas can be difficult to come up with for some projects.  Here are a few ideas to jump-start service directly related to personal development, and some that would fit with more than one project!

  • Read books to younger children on topics such as self-esteem, character, or other topics addressed in the personal development curriculum.
  • Lead a group of 4-H members in developing and maintaining a flower garden at a public building (also ties in with horticulture project).
  • Ask participants to bring a canned good when teaching the lesson in the beginner curriculum called "Stress Less."  The activity, "Heavy Load," uses canned goods.  After the lesson, donate the canned goods to a food bank or a family in need.
  • Host a poster contest on cell phone safety and etiquette. Display the posters around town following the contest to provide recognition of 4-H members and education on this topic.  Recruit a local business to be the sponsor and provide prizes.
  • Start an "Adopt-A-Grandparent" program with a nursing home.  There are quite a few lessons on intergenerational relationships in the curriculum.  This would be a great way to bring joy to the senior citizens and youth can learn from interacting with them.
  • In the intermediate curriculum, the lesson, "Cyber Space:  Keep It Safe," the fair project is to develop a board game on cyber safety.  Use the game to teach younger 4-H members about cyber safety.


Do you have an idea to add to either of the lists above?  Send your idea to Cheryl Newberry and it will be added to the list!