Minnesota 4-H news
(February 2014) Minnesota 4-H staff and volunteers gathered at the Best Western in Plymouth to honor Cornelia Kryzer of Winona County, the 2014 Minnesota 4-H Salute to Excellence Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award winner. The award is presented to acknowledge the critical role that volunteers play in providing positive learning experiences for youth in the 4-H program. Research shows that volunteers and the mentorship they provide are key to positive youth development. Each year, state 4-H programs are invited to select one outstanding lifetime volunteer who has served for more than 10 years and has contributed significantly to the 4-H Youth Development program. Read the full story
Star Tribune, Dec. 25, 2013
In the teen center at the Franklin Library in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis, it doesn’t take long to figure out that this isn’t your typical sheep shearing and quilt-making 4-H Club. No longer the exclusive domain of rural kids and county fairs, the new 4-H is as likely to deal with robotics as it is roosters.
Educator receives national award for volunteer development
(October 2013) Extension educator, Heidi Haugen, has received the “Excellence in Volunteerism (individual)” award from the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA) for discovering and responding to volunteer needs and strengthening Minnesota’s volunteer systems.
A comprehensive needs assessment in 2008-2009 revealed that Minnesota 4-H needed better volunteer screening process renewal, standardized volunteer orientation and comprehensive volunteer management staff development. Since 2009, Heidi has made significant contributions to these areas of need and strengthened Minnesota’s state and county volunteer systems in part by leading a team to renew the state volunteer screening process; co-developing a state volunteer orientation; and preparing, coaching and supporting county-based staff in their volunteer management roles.
Minnesota 4-H now has a shorter volunteer application process; a stronger, web-based background check; and a new, standard, online orientation. 4-H staff in Heidi’s service regions report they are much better equipped volunteer managers than before because of Heidi’s contributions. Other impacts of her work include annual increases in volunteer enrollment, significant increases in numbers of clubs and project development committees, increased participation in training events, and fewer volunteer issues with other 4-H volunteers and staff.
Haugen won this award at the state level, at the north central states regional level, and then at the national level. There were 24 applicants at the state level and 4 applicants at the national level. Haugen provides leadership to volunteer systems development for Extension’s Center for Youth Development and the Minnesota 4-H program in the northeast region of Minnesota. She works in the Brainerd office.
4-H in the media
- BrainerdDispatch.com | Discovering Science: Minnesota 4-H builds the next generation
- Crookston Times | 10 4-H’ers learn about Building Leadership and Understanding
- Tri-State Neighbor | 2014 Sioux Empire Farm Show Junior Livestock Judging Contest Results
- Winona Daily News | Cornelia Kryzer honored with prestigious 4-H lifetime volunteer award
- Minnesota 4-H Foundation plans '4-H Celebrates Agriculture' March 20 in St. Paul | Minnesota Farm Guide
- The California 4-H Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Initiative: Using and Informing Best Practices for Science Education in Non-formal Settings | Worker, Smith, Ambrose, Schmitt-McQuitty
- Staples World | Local 4-H’ers do well at Project Bowl Invitational at University of Minnesota Crookston
- Transformative learning and the 4-H camp counselor experience | Leff (thesis) | Iowa State University
- Is Human-Animal Interaction Linked to Positive Youth Development? | Mueller | Applied Developmental Science
- BrainerdDispatch.com | 4-H Sewing Project