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Woodbury 4-H, making the best better

CYFAR team

(October 2015) Eighth grade Woodbury 4-Her Manashree Padiyath writes about her 4-H experience: "Every month I feel the excitement as we all loudly recite the 4-H pledge at the beginning of our Woodbury 4-H club meeting."

"4-H has been a great learning experience for me and I have made so many friends and memories. Per the 4-H motto, ‘Make the best better’, now as the Club’s Vice-president, I hope to motivate and inspire others to join. 4-H offers many learning opportunities to continue to grow and develop the head, heart, hands, and health of youth!"

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Join 4-H! There's something for everyone!

(October 2015) Want to have fun, make friends and learn new things? Minnesota 4-H is for you! Fall is the time when
4-H'ers choose the projects they want to explore in the coming months. From science to citizenship, agriculture to the arts, there's something for everyone! Youth in kindergarten through one year past high school can participate in 4-H everywhere in Minnesota. Watch the video to hear 4-H'ers talk about some of the fun things they've done in 4-H.

CYFAR gets 2015 Dean's Distinguished Award

CYFAR team

(October 2015) The CYFAR (Children, Youth and Families at Risk) team knows that, in order to keep young teens on track, learning needs to engage them regardless of the circumstances in their lives. The team is igniting middle-school youth interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). 4-H STEM Clubs reach culturally diverse teens in Minneapolis and St. Paul who experience education barriers, helping them form skills and habits that lead to success. The team designed and implemented a summer residential campus immersion experience, the first of its kind to focus on the middle grades, which is the time that youth begin to consider college and take steps to make it a reality. The CYFAR team worked with partners, youth and their families to make the program relevant to young teens while stretching their views of themselves and college life.

Team members: Jennifer Skuza, Joanna Tzenis, Jessica Russo, Grace Gbolo, Mohamed Farah, Abdimalik Mohamed, Daud Mohamed, Ka Joog, Hui-Hui Wang, Tim Sheldon, Krista Gustafson, Anthony Walker and Barbara Kapala.

Minnesota poultry royalty named

Poultry royalty

(September 2015, Agri-view) Nathan Vonderharr of Cedar, Minnesota, and Katie Benson of Staples, Minnesota, were crowned Poultry Prince and Princess at the Minnesota State Fair. Minnesota 4-H and Gold’n Plump® recognize the industry knowledge, leadership and skills of Minnesota’s up-and-coming poultry experts by awarding two teenagers with poultry-ambassador titles and $1,000 academic scholarships.

Vonderharr and Benson ranked highly in the qualifying rounds of the 4-H poultry interview, quiz and showmanship competition; 4-H chicken barbecue contest; and the question-and-answer and stage-presence final round.

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