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Melissa Persing

Extension educator

Current work, research and interests

Melissa Persing PhotoMelissa Persing has been with University of Minnesota Extension since October, 1989 as part of the youth development staff. She works closely with the educators and 4-H program coordinators in northwestern Minnesota. Her program leadership focus is on supervision, program planning and quality learning environments.

Melissa works with a team of northwestern Minnesota staff to implement the GOT VIVA (Growing Opportunities Together: Volunteers in Vision and Action) process to assess data and demographics pertinent for steering committees to set youth development priorities for the county 4-H programs. Through this work she leads the GOT VIVA efforts with colleagues in program planning.

She is currently a member of the Minnesota first generation initiative shepherding Minnesota goals to reach youth not currently reached by 4-H as well as those who have been left behind. Melissa is tri-chair of the North Central First Generation Action Teams working on similar efforts. Current efforts include leading a team to research and develop inclusive program models to meet the varying needs of youth and families.

Academic degrees and experience

Extension Regional Office, Moorhead

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