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Youth teaching youth

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(December 2015) 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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Woodbury 4-H, making the best better

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(October 2015) Eighth grade Woodbury 4-H’er 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

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(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.

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