Inyo-Mono 4-H: Citizenship & Government Program

The Inyo-Mono 4-H Citizenship & Government program would like to thank all the volunteers who supported our community clean-up service project, including the Bureau of Land Management, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors, members of the Eastern Sierra 4WD club, Advocates for Access to Public Land (AAPL) and the Adventure Trails.

Young people often see citizenship and government as boring, distant and unrelated to themselves. A vital part of civic education is to demystify government by showing young people that government is made up of real people. They also need to know that it is the responsibility of us, as citizens, to create the kinds of communities that we want to live in.

The Inyo-Mono 4-H Citizenship & Government Program, led by Kammi Foote, Inyo County Registrar of Voters, is designed to help 4-H’ers aged 11 to 18 develop the attitudes, knowledge and skills they need to be active citizens and practice what they learn in their own communities.

After researching community issues, the Inyo-Mono 4-H’ers put together a plan to invite the community to clean up a popular target shooting area east of Bishop, known as the Poleta Pit. The group, aged 11-15, created a plan for community action including researching and contacting the land owner for permission, working with the county landfill to waive gate fees for the gathered debris, designing flyers and recruiting volunteers.

After hearing about the importance of civic engagement, what 4-H offers and the importance of contributing to a clean environment from the students, the volunteers got to work in the heat of the afternoon of May 22, collecting two truckloads of trash. We could not have had such a successful outcome without the support of our local organizations and volunteers.

We picked up several bags of trash
The Inyo-Mono 4-H Program includes about 250 members in 7 local clubs led by 50 volunteers. The county 4-H office is located in the Inyo County Services Building as a program of the Cooperative Extension of the University of California.

If you know any area youth that would be interested in participating in 4-H, or have questions about enrollment, stop by the 4-H Office at 207 W. South Street or call Inyo County Farm Advisor Dustin Blakey at 760-873-7854.

CLICK THRU PICTURES:

  • 4-H students Tylar, Arrisa and Natalie share about 4-H, volunteering and environment with the group before we begin. Not pictured are 4-H Citizenship & Government participants Shawn and Claire
  • 4-H student Shawn with his grandfather cleaning up debris
  • The group, including the project leader, Kammi Foote, loading up the truck
  • After the clean-up concluded on the afternoon of May 22, 2017