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Youth Enrichment Offerings

Supplemental Youth Activities for Educators and Community Leaders

We are focused on engaging youth through experiential learning. Our youth enrichment offerings provide youth with an opportunity to explore, discover and master through hands-on activities and interactive discussions with peers and caring adults.

Youth Enrichment Letter

Youth Enrichment Offerings Letter

Youth Enrichment Brochure

Youth Enrichment Offerings Brochure

The Way I Feel
Preschool - Early Elementary
The positive development of social and emotional skills greatly benefits learning, decision-making, creativity, relationships, and health. Through an age appropriate book and interactive activities, students will focus on increasing knowledge and skills related to recognizing emotions in self and others, labeling emotions accurately, expressing emotions safely, regulating emotions effectively, and developing positive friendships. The Way I Feel is a one-time learning experience lasting 45 minutes. A three-lesson series is also available.
Nora Rhoades nrhoades@ksu.edu
Good Feeds Program
Both wild and domestic animals have nutrition requirements for their growth and development. Students will learn about the six essential nutrients and what a typical farm animal eats. The class will prepare a trail mix that simulates a balanced cattle ration. In doing so, students determine the similarities and differences between cattle rations and human diets.
Blaire Todd blairet@ksu.edu
The Crops of North Central Kansas
Preschool - 6th Grade

Students are introduced to the crops grown in North Central Kansas and how they are used. The program will also provide visual demonstrations of the actual grain and plants (if in season) so the students can easily identify the different crops. In addition, the program will show different food products along with what grains are used. An art project or activity game will also be included with the presentation depending on the age level.
Sandra Wick swick@ksu.edu
Gardening in a Glove
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
Students investigate and observe how a seed sprouts and the conditions necessary for germination by engaging in the planting process. Children will learn about the environment needed for a seed to germinate. The lesson includes a hands-on activity where seeds are planted in a cotton ball in each finger of a glove. Once germination has occurred they can plant the seedlings into the garden or indoor container, (based on season.) Students will learn that seeds are vital in our lives, without them the plants that produce our food would not exist. This lesson should take 45-50 minutes.
Cassie Homan choman@ksu.edu
Making Healthy Choices
Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Join us as we empower students to be healthy and smart from the inside out! This curriculum not only covers the importance of healthy living but also motivates youth to practice healthy habits daily. Topics include: the importance of fruit and vegetable consumption, benefits of physical activity, food safety & handwashing, limiting screen time, and the importance of breakfast. Making Healthy Choices can be a one-time program or up to a three-session series. Each session is 45-60 minutes.

Ashley Svaty asvaty@ksu.edu

Insect Olympics
2nd - 5th Grade
In this lesson we will all become entomologists for a day while learning about the life of insects! Insects are the most successful group of animals in the world. This is because different species are adapted to many different habitats. In this activity students will learn the basic parts of a bug’s body. They will also use common household objects to learn the mouth type and feeding habits of insects. The students will be able to interact with real insects to study their wide diversity and characteristics.
Cassie Homan choman@ksu.edu 
Pollinator Power
4th - 5th Grade

Pollinators like bees, butterflies, and birds are needed to ensure that many plants can produce fruits and seeds to survive. Students will learn about the different parts of a flower, and the interactions and importance of pollinators. Once students have a basic concept of the parts of a flower, they will take part in a hands-on activity working with flowers. Each student will dissect a flower and identify each specific part then describe how it relates to pollination. This can be a one-time program or a series with the next lesson focused on bees and how pollination occurs.
Cassie Homan choman@ksu.edu
My Financial Future
5th - 8th Grade

During this session, students will learn how the difference between needs and wants is very important in understanding how to manage money. Everyone needs to evaluate their needs and wants in order to prioritize how their money is spent and to stay out of debt. Students will learn different ways they can earn money and how to save to achieve a goal, along with banking and how to calculate interest.
Brenda Langdon bklangdon@ksu.edu
Too Good
Upper Elementary - Junior High
Too Good is an interactive learning experience focused on building life skills to support goal-setting, decisionmaking, emotion management, and effective communication skills in addition to peer pressure refusal, pro-social bonding, and conflict resolution skills. Too Good is a series based program, with each lesson lasting 45 minutes. It is recommended to have a three through six-lesson series, yet the experience can be adapted to meet your needs.
Nora Rhoades nrhoades@ksu.edu
What's Your Beverage
Middle School
During this session, students and teachers will identify functions of water in the body and its health benefits. Participants will understand and identify added sugars and will identify alternative beverages to sugar sweetened drinks. Students will learn how to identify and measure sugar found in sweetened beverages through a hands-on activity and will create one goal or action related to making smarter beverage choices.
Ashley Svaty asvaty@ksu.edu 
Take Charge of Your Health!
High School
During this three session series, students will learn how the choices they make as young adults contribute to their future health and will learn how to improve their
overall health and quality of life in a number of ways. Students will learn how to plan to eat nutritiously on a budget or in a dining hall and how to incorporate physical activity and exercise into their daily lives. To
keep the students on track with their health goals they will learn how to develop and stick to action plans.
Ashley Svaty asvaty@ksu.edu
Relationship Smarts
High School
Relationship Smarts is focused on helping teens develop the knowledge and motivation for making wise relationship choices. It is an activity-based experience focused on self-awareness and understanding the building blocks for healthy relationships. Relationship Smarts is a one-time program lasting 45 minutes. A three-lesson series is also available.
Nora Rhoades nrhoades@ksu.edu