Minnesota 4-H news
4-H Youth Teaching Youth puts teens in the classroom
(April 2015, Star Tribune) For the past few weeks, Julie Deshler and Alex Pendar, 16, juniors at Park High School in Cottage Grove, have taught teacher Amber Harre's fourth-graders at Pine Hill about negative peer pressure, Internet safety and the dangers of alcohol and tobacco. Lessons included strategies on how to survive peer pressure and how to stand up for your beliefs without fearing rejection from others. A few of the tips: Listen to your inner voice; talk to someone outside the group; and ask, "Is it worth the risk?"
Julia said she remembers an anti-drug and anti-tobacco presentation in the auditorium of Hillside Elementary in Cottage Grove when she was a grade-schooler. The 4-H program is better, she said. The 4-H Youth Teaching Youth program, which includes three hourlong sessions, was begun five years ago. The 60 teenage teachers who signed up this year will work with more than 2,000 elementary students in Washington County, said Emily Fulton-Fischer, 4-H program coordinator.
"It is a service-learning project in its very truest form," Fulton-Fischer said. "The teens are not only recognizing their own potential, but they are also being given the opportunity to remind themselves of the healthy lifestyle choices that they are making and how they can influence other youth. "What it comes down to is, they can make a change in their community, and it starts with making a change in themselves, and that is so huge for them."
Soaring Eagles 4-H Club receives outstanding Blue Ribbon Club Award
(March 2015, Forest Lake Times) Members of the Soaring Eagles 4-H Club received the Outstanding Blue Ribbon Club Award at the Minnesota 4-H Adult Volunteer Association’s annual conference held Feb. 19-21 in Willmar, Minnesota. The award was presented to the Soaring Eagles’ club leader, Ann Rinkenberger, at the awards ceremony at the Saturday luncheon. Of the eight clubs throughout Minnesota that received the Blue Ribbon Club Award for excellence in quality, youth-focused programming, the Soaring Eagles 4-H Club was chosen as the most outstanding club. This was an honor considering that the Soaring Eagles 4-H Club began in Oct. 2014, and hadn’t even had a full year of programming.
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.
Backus woman makes a big difference for Cass County 4-Hers
(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.
4-H in the media
- Hastings Star Gazette | HHS grad wins national 4-H scholarship
- Murray County News | 2015 Andrea Ruesch Scholarhip recipients
- Dairy Herd Management | Minnesota's Gopher Dairy Camp returns for grades 6-11
- Grand Rapids Herald-Review | Itasca County 4-H’ers learn to lead at 4-H BLU
- Lonsdale Area News Review \ Lucky Four 4-H tours Hering's Maple Syrup
- KWOA 730 AM News Radio | Nobles County 4-H Win A Pig Competition
- Kenyon Leader | Donkers selected for 2015 National 4-H Conference
- Cannon Falls Beacon | Jackson Neil receives 4-H award
- 4-H’ers attend conferences to build leadership skills | Austin Daily Herald
- Waseca County News | GALLERY: Performing arts takes center stage at annual 4-H event