The expansion of Cache Makers 4-H club programs has been coming along wonderfully. Before the grant, we existed in the donated basement of the Chamber of Commerce with four volunteer group leaders running three afterschool clubs of roughly fifteen youth each. With the help of five additional group leaders, many parents and volunteers, a larger and devoted space, and six staff, we have extended our club activities through summer camps and afterschool groups to include 364 different youth in weekly summer camps or 6-week afterschool groups. Consistent with our grant proposal, our efforts fall into three categories:
First, we ran 22 summer camps during the 13 weeks of summer. 300 youth participated, with 26 youth serving as mentors.
Second, we continued our afterschool clubs. They each meet weekly for two hours. Roughly 150 youth participated in these groups. We have just concluded the second 6-week cycle for this school year and will have three more cycles next semester. Last cycle we had 12 afterschool groups, an average of three per day of afterschool activities.
Third, we held weekly outreach activities. These varied from adult mentor trainings to holiday activities but always focused on including new youth and mentors in our club. Thirty outreach activities totaling 520 contact hours have extended short-term involvement to many. We're excited now to be starting our holiday outreach and look forward to working with many more youth, parents, schools, and other organizations in the valley.
Although it took roughly six months for us to move into the new space, hire staff, and begin these efforts, these results are impressive and encouraging as we move toward our goal of involving 1000 youth (636 more) in the coming two years.