The Pennsylvania 4-H Science Program has received a $100,000 donation from Shell Oil Company to support the growth of science programming in 11 counties in 2014. John Hines, Government Relations Representative for Shell Oil Company, presented the check to 4-Hers during a ceremony held at the 4-H booth at the PA Farm Show on Jan. 6.
These funds will support the growth of 4-H programming a variety of science program curriculum areas including environmental science, animal science, plant science and engineering. The counties will have an opportunity to apply these new program dollars to develop new or expand existing 4-H programs. Funding will be available to train 4-H volunteers to deliver new science programs to youth ages 8 to 18 in the 11 county area.
Benefiting from the 2014 donation are Bradford, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Tioga, and Warren Counties. These counties will put these dollars right to work increasing the number of new youth participating in 4-H science programs through our 4-H club and after school programs.
Tyler Lauffenburger of Warren County accepts the check on behalf of the Pennsylvania 4-H Science Program from John Hines, Government Relations Representative for Shell Oil Company along with Alexandra Adams, Vice-President, and Nathan Reppetz, President, State 4-H Council. Additional 4-Hers were on hand from those counties which will benefit from the donation. The 4-Hers on the left, back row were Basil Bacorn (Bradford), Ben Williams (Tioga), Haley Hess (Crawford), Samantha Dubrawka (Forest), Marissa Hartzell (Forest), Rachel Enos (Warren), Cheyene Lauffenburger (Warren) and Tyler Lauffenburger (Warren) accepting the check; back row Lakin Harris (Mercer), Sarah Burke (Forest), Emily Scott (Forest), Willow Bacorn (Bradford).The 4-Hers behind the table in lab coats were Donnell Ayers (club leader), Amanda Ayers, Sam Ayers, Peter Wright, Emily Cormier, all from Potter County.
"This $100,000 donation by Shell Oil Company is the first major donation to the Pennsylvania Science Program, says Deb Dietrich, Chair of the PA 4-H Science Team. "By their donation, Shell has made a significant investment in the workforce development of Pennsylvania youth. We are confident their support will encourage additional corporations to invest in 4-H science programming."
The annual Pennsylvania 4-H Science Interest and Abilities impact evaluation shows that 4-H members increase their interest in science across all points of measurement but most notably in pursuing a career in science. The National 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development demonstrated that 4-H members are nearly two times more likely to participate in science program during out of school time than their peers. 4-Hers are also two times more likely to be civically active in their communities.
For more information about the 4-H Science Program including how to enroll a youth or make a donation, contact Penn State Extension in Warren County at 563-9388. 4-H is the youth development program of Penn State Cooperative Extension available in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania and nationwide.