5/30/19: Once we returned home from Confluence we struggled to find ways to get all of our families together – more specifically how to get the families from past Cohorts together and fill them in on the planning that took place over the weekend. Most of the families that participated in Yancey County’s first and second Cohorts had never been involved with 4-H or extension.
After our second Cohort, several of the youth participants expressed interest in being part of the 4-H organization. After hearing this, two of our facilitators came together and organized an outdoor cookery club that teaches youth how to use a charcoal grill. Currently, all members in this club have been youth participants in EYFP.
Last week the club practiced their skills and had planned to cook a meal for their parents, so we were able to take advantage of this meeting and use it to discuss our community event plans. The youth will be competing on June 15th at the West 4-H District Activity Day, and will be cooking for their parents again on the 13th. We plan to invite all of our Cohort participants so we can solidify our community event.
Although the families at this meeting have graduated from EYFP, they still enjoy coming together and all of them are focused on building a stronger sense of community in our county.