4-H Updates Week of 6-14

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Hello 4-H Families,

If you’ve not heard, we have officially started a soft opening at our 721 Foster St. office, and are now open to the public from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. We hope to expand these hours soon, and it has already been wonderful having the opportunity to speak to families face to face. We’ve recently had the pleasure of working with some new families through Hoover Rd. community as well as serving families through the Black Farmers Market. It is exciting to start doing meaningful work and getting back to normal!

I wanted to take the opportunity as things start to get back to normal, to start sending more regular newsletters with other opportunities in Durham that our families might benefit from outside of our direct 4-H programming. I’ll try to do these at least once a month, but may send things out more regularly for programming that has a closer registration deadline. Of course, I want to be aware that we aren’t clogging your inboxes, so please feel free to provide feedback.

Jesse Huddleston over at the Nasher Museum shared an opportunity for a poetry camp for teens. If you know any young people, ages 13-19, interested in creative writing, please share this opportunity with them. More information is available in the pdf flyer linked here. The flyer with more information is also included below. Register online by Friday, June 25.

Poetry In a Pandemic flyer image

Becca Fiely with the Triangle Non-Profit Volunteer and Leadership Center has several camps and workshops available to youth she wanted me to pass along. These are great summer service programs that can help High Schoolers to expand their resumes and potential college applications. More information is available on the flyer.

Braggtown is also hosting a Juneteenth celebration. This is the celebration of the day the last enslaved people were free in Texas, over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. More information is included in the flyer below. They’ve shared the following message to share:

 We are super excited to announce this inaugural event in historic Bragtown — the site of the first communities of formerly enslaved Africans of the Stagville Plantation. Come and celebrate with us! We also invite volunteers to join in for some community engagement and a free slushie on us! Learn more about the historic event here. You can email Taylor Mary, Events Coordinator at twebberfields90@gmail.com with any of your questions.

A Juneteenth Celebration flyer image

Of course, there’s are also camps spots available for our summer programming, many of which still have full scholarships or partial scholarships available. Our office will be closed tomorrow as our county recognizes and celebrates Juneteenth but please email me with any questions at gmhulber@ncsu.edu.

Enjoy your weekends!

Mac Hulbert

4-H Agent, N.C. Cooperative Extension of Durham County