Clover Call Podcast​

The Indiana 4-H Clover Call podcast is designed to share information about the people and programs that make the Indiana 4-H Youth Development Program such an important part of our communities! We welcome youth and adult 4-H Volunteers, 4-H youth and their families, Extension Professionals, and any others who are interested in providing positive opportunities for youth. Thank you for your interest in learning more about Indiana 4-H!

You can listen to Clover Call on Apple PodcastsSpotify, on several other podcatchers, or via the YouTube recordings below.

Episode 20: State 4-H Junior Leader Conference

The 91st annual State 4-H Junior Leader Conference will be held June 14-17, 2022, at DePauw University in Greencastle. Three members of the State 4-H Junior Leader Council – Hadassah, Maddie, and McKinley - join us on this episode of the Indiana 4-H Clover Call to talk about their experiences and preview the conference for those high school students who are interested in attending.

 
For more information about State 4-H Junior Leader Conference, please visit: https://extension.purdue.edu/4-H/get-involved/state-programs/junior-leader-conference.html. Information is also available on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/4HSJLC.
 
To connect with your County Purdue Extension Office, visit www.extension.purdue.edu.

Episode 19: 4-H Foundation YES Grant recipients

On the April 2022 4-H Clover Call, Kathleen Bohde, Hamilton County 4-H Youth Development Educator, talks with two recipients of the 2021 Youth Engaged in Service (YES!) grants awarded by the Indiana 4-H Foundation. Funds of up to $10,000 are available. 16 grants were awarded in 2021! Kathleen also talks with Shelly Bingle, 4-H Foundation Executive Director about the 4-H Foundation and the YES grants.

Mackensi’s project is providing sustainable agility equipment to enhance the Dog Park in Morgan County that is open to all families, allowing the youth and their families to bond with each other and their dogs.

Alice’s project through the Lost Arts 4-H Club is providing resources to support veterans and their families (through the Helping Veterans And Families Association), including tie blankets and homemade crocheted scarves.

During the podcast, Mackensi and Alice describe each of their projects, developing their vision for the service learning project, building support for the projects, and overcoming challenges realized along the way. They also share the impact that their projects have had to date and their future plans to continue to build this impact. Shelly provides an overview of the Indiana 4-H Foundation and the YES grant opportunities that are available.

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Chapters:

  1. Introductions (0:00-2:20)
  2. McKenzie’s Dog Park project (2:20-3:42)
  3. Alice’s Lost Arts Club project – Helping Veterans And Families Association – writing letters to veterans and their families (3:42-6:00)
  4. Description of vision for service learning project (6:00-8:45)
  5. Challenges to overcome for the projects (8:45-11:30)
  6. Impact on local communities (11:30-14:30)
  7. Vision of YES Grant from 4-H Foundation (14:30-15:17)
  8. Call to future action (15:17-16:45)
  9. Conclusion with 4-H members (16:45-17:33)
  10. Overview of the Indiana 4-H Foundation (17:33-19:17)

Episode 18:

Indiana 4-H and the Indiana State Board of Animal Health

In the March 2022 4-H Clover Call Podcast, Rebecca Wilkins, 4-H Educator from Harrison County, talks with a panel of experts for the health and well being of animals. Panelists include:

  • Dr. Melissa Justice, Field Veterinarian for the Indiana State Board of Animal Health
  • Denise Derrer Spears, Public Information Director for the Indiana State Board of Animal Health
  • Courtney Stierwalt, 4-H Animal Science Extension Specialist, Purdue University

The panelists discuss the relationship between BOAH and the Indiana 4-H Youth Development Program; the Premises ID system; traceability and the 4-H Animal ID system; steps taken during a disease outbreak; effects of an outbreak on the exhibition of animals; the role that 4-H members have to take biosecurity precautions; Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease; methods to keep updated with BOAH; and tips on careers in the field of animal science.

For more information, please visit the BOAH website, https://www.in.gov/boah/, or e-mail, animalhealth@boah.in.gov.

Chapters:

  1. Introduction; relationship between Board of Animal Health and Indiana 4-H (0:00-8:35)
  2. Premises ID (8:35-12:15)
  3. Animal ID and traceability (12:15-17:45)
  4. Steps taken during a disease outbreak (17:45-25:00)
  5. Effects of an outbreak on exhibition of animals (25:00-27:30)
  6. The role of 4-H members in taking biosecurity precautions (27:30-30:45)
  7. Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease virus (30:45-36:00)
  8. Keeping updated with BOAH (36:00-37:00)
  9. Favorite part of BOAH Career (37:00-39:00)
  10. Tips on careers in the animal science field (39:00-41:00)
  11. Conclusion (41:00-44:00)

Episode 17:

Camp counselors

Owen County 4-H Educator, Jennifer Abrell, talks with Vigo County 4-H Educator, Sara Haag, and 4-H Camp Counselors Cody, Carson, and Norah. The Counselors talk about their experiences of serving in this role and identify important characteristics of a counselor. The counselors discuss the valuable knowledge they gained during the counselor training, and include some highly memorable moments of serving in a counselor role. Why should you consider serving as a counselor? This group has some great reasons! While the responsibilities of a 4-H Camp Counselor are many, so are the rewards of serving!

 Interested in learning more about 4-H Camp or about serving as a 4-H Camp Counselor? Contact your County Purdue Extension 4-H Educator at: https://extension.purdue.edu/about/county-office.html.

ePIsode 16:

Teens as Teachers

In this episode of the Indiana 4-H Clover Call, we hear from members of the Clinton County 4-H Teens as Teachers team. 4-H Educator, Caren interviews Team members Katie, Emmeline, and Bailey and Advisor Stacy who share with us their experiences in the Teen Leadership and Animal Biosecurity tracks. The team tells us about their experiences during the training as well as how they have used the training to present information to different audiences in their community.

 To learn more about the Teens as Teachers program, please visit: https://extension.purdue.edu/4-H/get-involved/state-programs/teens-as-teachers.html. The 2022 Teens as Teachers program will be held February 25-27, at Camp Tecumseh in Brookston, Indiana.

EPisode 15: 

Area Extension Directors – Part 1

Amy Nierman and Josh Winrotte, Purdue Extension Area Directors for Areas 2 and 8, respectively, talk with Fountain County 4-H Extension Educator Adam Tyler about their roles and backgrounds in 4-H and Purdue Extension. Amy and Josh share their ideas for the future of Purdue Extension and Indiana 4-H and a bit of their philosophy of serving as an Area Director. Thank you for joining us!

 To learn more about Purdue Extension, please visit: https://extension.purdue.edu/. To learn more about Indiana 4-H, please visit: https://extension.purdue.edu/4-H/.

Episode 14:

Indiana 4-H Ambassadors

The Indiana 4-H Ambassador program is a new venture that includes 9 teen leaders who serve as the face of the 4-H Program and develop new, innovative program opportunities for youth in Indiana. In this episode of the 4-H Clover Call, three members of the current Indiana 4-H Ambassador team, Hannah, Bre, and Lane, talk about the opportunities they have had to date as 4-H Ambassadors, goals they have for their work over the next year, and ways that others can be involved.

Learn more about the 4-H Ambassador program

EPISODE 13:

4-H Alumni Experiences

In this episode of the Indiana 4-H Clover Call podcast, Purdue Extension Martin County 4-H educator Dena Held talks with 4-H alum Dan Gregory. Mr. Gregory shares about his experience participating in the Indiana 4-H Youth Development Program, including the impact 4-H has had on his life and on the lives of his family members.

Episode 12: 

4-H Overview 101

Indiana 4-H…what is it? Who’s involved? What does a young person or adult do in 4-H? In this episode of the Indiana 4-H Clover Call, Purdue University 4-H Educators Heather Caldwell and Carly Holland give us a brief overview of what is available through the Indiana 4-H Youth Development Program. It’s more than you might think! 

To learn more about Indiana 4-H, explore our website

Episode 11: 

A Day in the Life of a Summer Intern

Summer Internships with Purdue Extension provide a wealth of life experiences for the interns and valuable programming assistance for the Purdue Extension Educators. In this episode of the Indiana 4-H Clover Call podcast, Ariel and Emma talk with Harrison County 4-H Educator Rebecca Wilkins about their summer internship experiences in Harrison and Floyd Counties, respectively. You'll hear about some of the innovative programming that Ariel and Emma worked on during the Summer of 2021.

Those interested in pursuing Summer Internships with Purdue Extension can visit https://extension.purdue.edu/careers/internships/ for more information.

Episode 10: 

Indiana State Fair

Cindy Hoye, Executive Director of the Indiana State Fair, joins us for the July 2021 Indiana 4-H Clover Call. Cindy is a longtime supporter of the Indiana 4-H Youth Development program and has extensive experience working with the Indiana State Fair. Cindy shares information about the year-round operation of the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center and highlights some of the exciting opportunities that will be available at the 2021 Indiana State Fair!

To learn more about the Indiana State Fairgrounds and the Indiana State Fair, please visit:

Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center website: https://www.indianastatefair.com/

Indiana State Fair: https://www.indianastatefair.com/p/state-fair

Episode 9:

4-H Soccer for Success

"The most critical part of a child's day begins after the final bell rings. Soccer for Success is an after-school program, offered free to participants, that is proven to help kids establish healthy habits and develop critical life skills through trained coach-mentors and community engagement." - U.S. Soccer Foundation.org

In this edition of the Indiana 4-H Clover Call, Xiomara Diaz-Vargas, 4-H Extension Specialist, and Adam Tyler, 4-H Extension Educator in Fountain County, talk about the exciting opportunities available to youth in Indiana through the 4-H Soccer for Success program!  The multi-week program includes 60 minutes of physical activity each week, coupled with nutrition, living a healthy lifestyle, along with a coach-mentor. This program is a nationwide partnership between 4-H and the U.S. Soccer Foundation.

To learn more about Soccer for Success as a youth participant or a coach-mentor, please visit:

For more information, please contact:

Episode 8:

Building Connections Through 4-H

Dr. Brene' Brown defines "connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship."

In the May 2021 Indiana 4-H Clover Call, Ashley Shufflebarger, Marion County 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator, talks with youth and adult participants about their experiences in the 4-H Program. Building connections with others is an invaluable component of the 4-H experience, providing opportunities to interact with others similar to and different from yourself through a wide variety of opportunities.

During the podcast, you'll hear words of wisdom from the following individuals:

  • Makayla G. - 4-H youth (Wayne Township 4-H Junior Leaders)
  • Saniia H. - 4-H youth (Riverside Trailblazers 4-H)
  • Linda B. - 4-H Club Leader (Foods Club, Beech Grove 4-H, Junior Leaders, 4-H Advisory Council Member)
  • Julie R. - 4-H Volunteer & Parent (Perry Township 4-H, 4-H Advisory Council Member, Fair Committee Chair)

Thank you for joining us!


Episode 7: 

Casual Conversation with Clinton County 4-H Volunteers

The April 2021 Indiana 4-H Clover Call includes a casual conversation with two 4-H Volunteers from Clinton County – Leah Harden and Melissa Miller. Leah and Melissa reminisce with 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator Caren Crum and Agricultural and Natural Resources Extension Educator Adam Shanks about their personal 4-H experiences, reflect on how the 4-H program positively impacts young people, and share opportunities for how they see 4-H growing to meet the needs of today’s population. Please join us for this conversation!


Episode 6: 

Innovative 4-H Clubs

In the March 2021 Indiana 4-H Clover Call, we learn about 3 innovative 4-H Clubs in Indiana:

  • CHEF University, Abby Morgan, Montgomery County 4-H Educator 
  • Wayne County 4-H MotorSports, Alicia Criswell, Wayne County 4-H Educator
  • 4-H Science Club, Angie Riffle, Franklin County 4-H Educator

The Educators will share the excitement that has been generated among the 4-H members, families, and communities through the efforts of these 4-H Clubs! 


Episode 5: 

4-H Science Youth and Adult Volunteers

In this episode of the Indiana 4-H Clover Call, we hear from the 2020 Indiana 4-H Volunteer Awards of Excellence recipients in the Science Category: Josiah George and Joe Riffle of Franklin County, and Patty Breslin and Rahul Sarkar of Hendricks County. You’ll hear how they became involved in 4-H, and some of the science-based aspects of the 4-H program in which youth can participate.
To learn more about Science resources available through Indiana 4-H, please visit: https://extension.purdue.edu/4h/Pages/volunteerResources.aspx and https://extension.purdue.edu/4h/Pages/projects.aspx
Josiah, Joe, Patty, and Rahul each were recipients of the 2020 Indiana 4-H Volunteer Awards of Excellence. We welcome you to nominate yourselves or a volunteer (youth and/or adult) who has had a positive impact on 4-H. Please visit the Volunteer section the 4-H Website to learn about the nomination process. Nominations are due August 15, 2021.

Josiah and Joe referenced the Teens as Teachers program. To learn more about this program and how you can participate, visit the Teens as Teachers web page. Contact your 4-H Educator if you are interested in forming a team. 

Episode 4: 

Indiana 4-H Foundation

In the January Indiana 4-H Clover Call, we talk with representatives of the Indiana 4-H Foundation, the non-profit organization that raises funds in support of the Indiana 4-H Youth Development program. You'll hear from Dr. Sean Sharma, President of the Indiana 4-H Foundation, and Shelly Bingle, Executive Director of the Indiana 4-H Foundation. Learn more about the 4-H Foundation and how you can help support Indiana 4-H programming.

Episode 3: 

State 4-H Extension Specialists…part 2

The third Indiana 4-H Clover Call includes a conversation with the following five State 4-H Extension Specialists:

  • Tony Carrell
  • Cara Harbison
  • Rachel Haselby
  • Danielle Sands
  • Courtney Stierwalt

Learn about programs and resources that each Specialist helps to provide for the 4-H youth and adults in Indiana, their vision for the future of Indiana 4-H, and who they would most like to have dinner with…you won't want to miss their answers! 

Episode 2: 

State 4-H Extension Specialists…part 1

In this episode of the Indiana 4-H Clover Call, four State 4-H Extension Specialists are interviewed:

  • Jenny Clark, 4-H Communications & Marketing
  • Xiomara Diaz-Vargas, New Audience Initiatives
  • Angie Frost, Healthy Living
  • Steve McKinley, Leadership/Volunteerism

Each Specialist shares information about their role with the Indiana 4-H Youth Development Program, audiences they work with, and their vision for the future of Indiana 4-H.

Episode 1: 

Dr. Casey Mull, Assistant Director of Purdue Extension, 4-H Youth Development Program Leader

In this inaugural episode of the Indiana 4-H Clover Call, Dr. Mull shares his personal and professional background; the impact of 4-H to him and Indiana; the importance of 4-H Volunteers to the Indiana 4-H Program; and his vision for Indiana 4-H in the future. Questions for Dr. Mull? Contact him at state4hleader@purdue.edu.