South Dakota 4-H announces Character All Stars Project

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BROOKINGS, S.D. – Beginning in the fall of 2016 the SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development is excited to provide all schools throughout the state with the opportunity to participate in the South Dakota 4-H Character All Stars program.

Formerly known as South Dakota 4-H Hometown Heroes, the South Dakota 4-H Character All Stars program is designed to highlight high school seniors who serve as role models in their school and community.

“The newly updated Character All Stars Project has been guided by input from past teen and school participants,” explained Karelyn Farrand, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Character Education Field Specialist. “Based on this feedback, SDSU Extension 4-H staff developed this new project.”

More about South Dakota 4-H Character All Stars Project

Farrand encourages all South Dakota schools (public and private) to select two incoming high school seniors to serve as character representatives and role models.

These students will be trained by SDSU Extension 4-H staff to deliver positive character messages to their peers and younger students within their school, through interactive lessons and activities.

“Research shows pre-teens and younger children often respond more enthusiastically to modeling by teens than adults. It has to do with the fact that youth look up to teens and rapport is established very quickly,” Farrand said. “These teen role models are truly key to this project’s success. By presenting a positive character message to the preteens and younger children in their school, these youth will gain the benefits of hearing a positive character message while the Character All Stars Representatives will gain leadership and presentation skills.”

Below, Farrand outlines additional benefits to participating in the 4-H Character All Stars Project.

• Schoolwide character programming for October through April.

• Positive Character Message delivered to Elementary and Middle School students.

• Local Senior Role Models will present the kick-off character message, lesson and activity.

• The Character All Stars Project will provide a yearly Character Theme.

• The Character All Stars Project will include 6 character lessons and activities.

• The Character All Stars Project will be evaluated for process and impact.

How can your school participate

Deadline to participate in this program May 6, 2016.

For more information on how your school can participate in this exciting project, contact your local SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Advisor or Karelyn Farrand at or call 605-626-2870.