4. User's Guide: Scope and Evaluation

How Far To Go with This?

The choice is up to you. You can have your members (some or all) work up full business plans and conduct a venture from start to finish through the course of the year. Or you can focus on developing entrepreneurial thinking through the club activities, and getting the members inspired by looking at the 4-H entrepreneur profile videos. This supplement is designed to fit you and your club members.

End of Year

If you wish for your members to conduct a final assessment of their entrepreneurial venture, refer the members to the “Show Your Stuff” and “Rate Your Commitment” activities in the “Who” section of the website. Showing commitment is a major characteristic of a developed entrepreneur, and it would be a good idea to refer your members to “Evaluate My Commitment” as something they can look at throughout their efforts during the year, to reflect on what they need to do to show commitment to their entrepreneurism.

You’ll also want to encourage your members to celebrate their entrepreneurial successes! Throw a party at the end of the year and let the members share their “Show Your Stuff” presentations.

Rate Your Commitment

This Member Supplement activity will be a natural end of year activity for the 4-H members engaged in an entrepreneurial supplement to their project.

Before members complete the Rate Your Commitment Activity, ask them what they plan to apply it to. For junior members who might not have set formal entrepreneurial goals for their 4-H project, have them think about these questions in terms of another activity they are involved in. Could they rate their commitment to their guitar lessons, for example? Would something like that benefit from goal-setting or record keeping? (Answer being that yes, even that could benefit from setting goals and keeping track. What kind of record keeping would be done in that case? Perhaps time spent practicing could be recorded.)

Do they encounter problems? What kind? Do they let these problems stall their progress, or do they use the problems to deepen their mastery as they work toward a solution?