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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Collegiate 4-H Volunteers at Indiana University

Making group service to the community a priority.

Collegiate 4-H Volunteers at Indiana University supports youth development and leadership in Monroe County and surrounding areas. 4-H promotes well-rounded opportunities through hosted programs, ongoing service commitments, and single event participation. Group members are given the opportunity to experience the diversity of service opportunities offered by local non-profits. The group has found that by identifying each member's passions and strengths, participants experience a more personal and ultimately a deeper commitment to civic engagement in the Bloomington Community.

Volunteer - Collegiate 4H Volunteers at IU Last fall, IU's Collegiate 4-H designed and hosted a College Prep Workshop for high school juniors and seniors. The itinerary consisted of several workshops focused on preparing college applications, choosing the right university, paying for college, and the new social aspects of college life. A major feature of the event was a hands-on scholarship writing workshop. Students were taught how to document past activities and awards in creating, and using those resumes to create essay outlines focusing on leadership experience. Both participants and parents left with a much greater understanding and confidence about the college decision process.

Outside of their own programming, Collegiate 4-H remains involved with other service commitments including litter clean ups for the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District's "Adopt-A-Road" program, sewing for the Shalom Center's "Ugly Sleeping Bags" project, sponsoring a team in the American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life," volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club, and participating in the Jill Behrman "Run for the End Zone."

As an organization that walks the walk of commitment to service, IU Collegiate 4-H offers its members an avenue to explore the diverse service options available in the community.

Over the past three years the Collegiate 4-H has impacted several local non-profit organizations and looks forward to bettering the Bloomington community through these continued relationships.

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