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What do your strengths tell you?

Megan Thorson

(February 2016, Albert Lea Tribune) Do you ever wonder why you make certain choices? Why do you do what you do? Why do you like certain things, or why you are better at some things than others? There is a reason and it has to do with your talents and strengths. 4-H Ambassadors recently took part in the Gallup's Clifton StrengthsFinder Assessment. Before a recent 4-H retreat the youth answered a series of questions from the assessment and at the conclusion of the assessment, they were given their top five strengths out of 34. Examples are communication, empathy, consistency, belief, arranger, analytical, etc.

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Showing livestock in 4-H isn't just for farm kids

(January 2016, St. Peter Herald) Do you have a passion for animals? Have you ever wanted to show animals but could not because you live in a location that did not allow animals? Well 4-H has opportunities for you!

A misconception is that you need to live on a farm to show livestock at the county fair or even to be in 4-H. That simply is not the case. Minnesota 4-H sees the educational value for all youth to participate in the animal science project and has developed a lease program option. This program was designed to make it possible for youth to show an animal, which they do not need to own or house. Youth have the option to lease a dog, cow, poultry, sheep, rabbit, goat, horse, and even a lama! Through the 4-H lease program, youth will gain hands-on experience in managing and showing their animal project through cooperation and mentorship with the animal owner and a 4-H family.

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Ask a 4-H’er with Mariah Huberty

Mariah Huberty

(January 2016, The Post Review) Mariah Huberty talks about her experience in 4-H and her involvement with poultry. Mariah is in 12th grade and has been in 4-H for 13 years, beginning as a Cloverbud member in Kindergarten. She says that 4-H has been a great experience and has taught her about leadership, responsibility and how to be a better public speaker.

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Jackson County 4-H teams excel at national event in Denver

girl talking to another girl

(January 2016, Daily Globe) Two teams of 4-H'ers from Jackson County brought home hardware after competing in the 96th annual Western National Roundup during the National Western Stock Show this past weekend in Denver. The Family and Consumer Science Consumer Decision Making team, consisting of Jessica Christoffer, Abi Fest, Morgan Ignaszewski and Rachel Salentiny, walked away with a first-place overall finish. They competed against 11 teams from across the country. Meanwhile, the Livestock Judging team of Riley Johnson, Gavin Mulder, Bailey Schneekloth and Josh Ulbricht
garnered sixth place of 27 teams in that competition.
The annual roundup was Jan. 7-10.

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Youth teaching youth

girl talking to another girl

(December 2015, Source) 4-H brings together kids of different ages, letting children learn from teens they look up to, and teens grow through mentoring others. Park High School senior Alex Pendar knew she wanted to be a teacher. When she heard about a way she could see what teaching was really like, she and her friend Julia Deshler signed up for 4-H Youth Teaching Youth. In Extension 4-H, having older youth mentor the younger ones is an integral part of the program.

The 4-H Youth Teaching Youth program takes this practice up a notch by training high-school age 4-H'ers to teach elementary and middle school youth in Anoka, Dakota, Scott and Washington county classrooms. 4-H teen teachers learn a curriculum that helps younger kids learn to make better choices and provides hands-on
leadership experiences for teens that can lead to future
study and careers.

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