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Youth teaching youth: High-schoolers teach Internet safety at elementary schools

(February 2015, Stillwater Gazette) Amy Peterson, 4-H program coordinator with in Washington County, organizes a program to protect Stillwater Area elementary students from some of the dangers of Internet use. The school district is teaming up with Washington County 4-H program, Youth Teaching Youth, to provide training to fourth and fifth graders about staying safe online. Peterson said the teachers have found the Internet safety program helpful for their students.

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Backus woman makes a big difference for Cass County 4-Hers

Barbara Frederick and kids

(January 2015, Pine and Lakes Echo Journal) Barbara Frederick isn't your ordinary 4-H volunteer. She has made it her mission to make sure kids are able to participate in the Minnesota State Fair even if they can't afford it by creating the "Friends of 4-H" scholarship fund. For the past 2 years, money was raised by writing letters, fundraising and campaigning. Because of this scholarship, 50 4-Hers were able to go to the fair last year. Barbara has been a 4-H volunteer for 60 years and is hoping this scholarship will continue for years to come.

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4-H youth demonstrate ‘Learning Unleashed’

Lego robotics team(December 2014, Grand Rapids Herald Review) Two Itasca County 4-H LEGO robotics teams participated in the MN First Lego League's Regional Qualifying tournament on Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Northome School. Fourteen teams, both 4-H and school/Community Education based, from across Koochiching, Beltrami, Itasca, and northern St. Louis counties participated in the tournament.

Interest in the robotics project area is growing. Last year one Itasca 4-H team participated. This year participation had to be capped at two large teams due to the limited availability of equipment and LEGO League licenses. This is the fifth year Itasca County 4-H has sponsored a robotics team to participate in the First Lego League program. FLL is an international program for 9- to 14-year-old children created in a partnership between First and the Lego Group in 1998 to get children excited about science and technology, and teach them valuable employment and life skills. Children work alongside adult mentors to design, build and program autonomous robots and create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their research project.

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4-H club collects over 500 toys for Toys for Tots program

Toys for tots(December 2014, Chisago County Press) The Soaring Eagles 4-H club collected over 500 toys and stuffed animals for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, which fulfilled this year's goal. Master Sergeant Crismon and Sergeant Hatfield visited the 4-Hers, parents, and grandparents at their Dec. 4 meeting at the Scandia Community Center, and shared information about the Toys for Tots program and its impact on children who otherwise would not have received toys this Christmas.  

The Soaring Eagles 4-H club has members from Chisago, Washington, and Ramsey Counties in Minnesota; and Polk County in Wisconsin; and all the families homeschool their children.

4-H opens new doors

4-h opens new doors(October 2014, Source magazine) Youth across Minnesota, from families who have been a part of Extension 4-H for generations to first-generation 4-H'ers, are engaging in 4-H in new and vibrant ways. Today, 4-H programs are as diverse as the interests of the youth they serve.

Krista Lautenschlager, 4-H program coordinator in Kandiyohi County, has witnessed Minnesota's changing demographics right in her own community. "I also noticed that many youth from the growing immigrant population didn't attend quality youth programs," she says.

That had to change.

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