- 5/17 4-H teen wins public health achievement award for teaching younger youth
Briana is a 4-H'er from Washington County. She recently received a Public Health Achievement Award for her work encouraging healthy living in fellow youth.
4-H grows healthy and engaged young people.A Senior at Park High School, Briana is in her second year helping younger youth make safe and healthy choices as a 4-H Youth Teaching Youth teen teacher.
"I used to babysit a lot, but got involved with 4-H because I wanted to learn more about being a teacher. I had no idea how hard it is or how rewarding it feels when kids learn from me."
- 5/10 Jessica Pierson Russo wants to make 4-H great for everybodyIt's in the curriculum, in grant proposals, volunteer training and in programming. Through 4-H ambassador programs, campus visits, club exchanges and just everyday 4-H club experiences, youth are building skills to navigate relationships with people who are different from them.
- 5/1 Release your potential by dreaming big
Monthly column from Minnesota 4-H director Dorothy McCargo Freeman
I am a dreamerIt's true. I spend a great deal of time dreaming and envisioning what could be for myself, my fellow youth workers and 4-H as a whole. I love to imagine the future.
Are you like me? Do you see possibilities and opportunities wherever you go? This way of viewing the world can be a natural inclination. It can also be cultivated. It can be grown.
Yes we canEvery single day, we are surrounded by problems of all sizes. It can be tempting to see problems as permanent roadblocks, barriers we cannot move. But that is just not true. You and I have so much potential to affect change.
Even when facing the biggest most complicated challenges, make your first reaction "yes, we can." If you begin with possibility, you will orient yourself toward what can be.
Saying "yes, we can" shapes the way we approach life. It is the beginning of seeing the possibilities all around us. It heightens our consciousness to not just our present, but also our potential.
- 4/19 In 4-H, youth grow a commitment to serving their community.In 4-H, Gigi has been discovering her power to serve.As a 12-year member of Hayward 4-H Club, Gigi can hardly remember a time without 4-H. She's followed her older siblings in showing various livestock but also branched out, exploring a range of projects including photography, gardening, food and nutrition and fine arts and crafts. 4-H gives her the opportunity to work hard toward a goal and expand her creative skills.
- 4/12 Teaching leadership is Karyn Santl's passion
Karyn SantlFor a non-camper, Karyn Santl sure has made a big impact on 4-H camps. For the past 20 years, she has been working with camp counselor training at 4-H camps across Minnesota.Camp counselor training has far-reaching effects. The teenagers who take the training learn leadership skills they'll use throughout their lives. "They're learning how to work with others, how to lead - lead a song, lead a game, teach content, deal with behaviors, group dynamics," Karyn said. "Things don't always go as planned, so they learn how to think on the spot and deal with adversity, even when they haven't had much sleep."And it's not only the teenage counselors who benefit. Good quality training for counselors also affects the many younger youth who come to 4-H camps. Last year, nearly 4,000 Minnesota youth participated in 4-H camps. "It's always exciting when I hear from alumni about how much they related to their camp counselors," Karyn said. "They're role models and campers look up to them."
Minnesota 4-H in the media
- Local 4-H programs help donate books to Africa - The Ekalaka Eagle
- New 4-H club focuses on performing arts | Park Rapids Enterprise
- Local 4-H group performs well at state event | Austin Daily Herald
- 4-H youth trained as camp counselors | Echo Press
- Anoka County 4-H program coordinator recognized with distinguished service award | ABC Newspapers | hometownsource.com
Center for Youth Development in the media
- Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge: Infusing Agricultural Science and Engineering Concepts into 4-H Youth Development | Rice, J, Rugg, B, Davis, S | Journal of Extension
- Focus on Methodology: Beyond paper and pencil: Conducting computer-assisted data collection with adolescents in group settings
- Dilemmas in Youth Work and Youth Development Practice - Laurie Ross, Shane Capra, Lindsay Carpenter, Julia Hubbell, Kathrin Walker - Google Books
- Citizen Science as a REAL Environment for Authentic Scientific Inquiry | Nathan Meyer, Siri Scott, Pamela Nippolt, et al |
- A Call to Embrace Program Innovation | Nathan Meyer, Sherry Boyce, Rebecca Meyer | Journal of Extension
- 5/10 Jessica Pierson Russo wants to make 4-H great for everybody