The Briercrest 4-H Multi Club has just received the Sears Canada in co-ordination with the Canadian 4-H council's young futures grant for 2008. The purpose of this grant is to support programs that help youth develop leadership skills through such programs as educational workshops and related projects.
The Briercrest 4-H club is made up of 30 members and 7 projects such as Cloverbuds, cake decoration, scrapbooking, jewelry making,cooking, woodworking and shooting sports. With the grant we had decided to hold a Self-Esteem Workshop and trade fair in the Briercrest Community center.
We had a very good response and 67 people attended with ages ranging from 6 - 86, boys, girls, men and women, which included 4-H members, their mothers, fathers and also community members.
We asked several local people who sell various things such as all natural bath products, jewelry, Avon, Nexxus, scrapbooking supplies and reflexology to be in our trade fair, along with a display from our local library and a penny parade. The Dove Campaign for Beauty donated 50 care packages to us to give away as free gifts at the end of the workshop and that was greatly appreciated. The hall was decorated as a beach party and a nutrition break was served at the break.
Our speaker was a motivational speaker from Regina, Mrs. Jean Bruce who started the afternoon by identifying our need to work on loving ourselves and accepting ourselves for who we are. There were activities set up around the hall and after we were done doing the activities in groups of four, we discussed them and became aware of such things as the media touching up photos of celebrities to make models look thinner than they actually are, and talking about what makes us unique as individuals and also what we have in common with each other.
The last session was learning coping skills and techniques we can use every day to build our self esteem and confidence. 4-H in saskatchewan is a wonderful club to become involved in their motto is to "Learn to Do by Doing" .