- 1/18 Becky Meyer loves getting young people outside exploring scienceFeeling stressed? Head outside for a five-minute walk. Research (and your grandpa) will tell you - you'll feel a bit better afterward.
The restorative benefits of being outdoors are well-documented. And it's not just your emotional health that improves from time outside; you can also contribute to the environmental health of your community.
Extension educator Becky MeyerBecky Meyer is an Extension educator with expertise in environment and science education. She believes that young people learn best when immersed in the content. In other words, if you want to study nature, go outside.Case in point: Last summer Becky, together with 4-H program coordinator Tracey Anderson and partners from Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), ran a summer camp to connect young people to their natural environment. Over the course of six weeks, youth in two sites got outside and investigated a shared research question: Are there any invasive species in our lakes?
- 1/11 Youth make healthy choices through gardening in Willmar, MinnesotaThe kids of Kandiyohi County started to DIG this summer. With the help of 4-H summer intern, Ashley Warren, 15 youth, ages four to 12, got their hands dirty in a garden to table experience that changed the way they look "yucky vegetables."
Their learning started by building an above-ground garden at the Sunwood Apartment complex in Willmar, Minnesota. They filled large water tubs with recycled pop cans for easy drainage and added fresh soil that was donated by the city. Then the kids planted all types of vegetables from carrots to peppers, radishes and herbs.
Ashley with youth participants at the gardens.
DIG (dirt, insects, and gardening) lessons, led by Ashley, were incorporated into each meeting with the youth gardeners, helping them learn more about what goes into the food they eat and how food is grown.
- 1/1 Research shows that youth in 4-H make healthier choices
According to research by Tuffs University, youth in 4-H are two times more likely to make healthier choices.
Twice as likely. That is very good news. In a world filled with unhealthy options, young people need to know how to choose what is best for their own health and wellbeing.
Healthy living is a top priority for the 4-H youth development program. In 4-H, youth of all ages learn by developing a passion in their areas of interest and lead as they innovate and serve as social change agents. Through learning and leading, youth in 4-H discover how their choices impact themselves, their peers, their families and communities.
- 12/28 Jerry Ludwig named Minnesota 4-H outstanding lifetime volunteerJerry Ludwig of Redwood County is the 2018 Minnesota 4-H Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer.
Jerry leads the 4-H Shooting Sports and Wildlife Project in Redwood County. He also serves on the Minnesota 4-H State Project Development Committee, providing guidance for shooting sports and widelife programs throughout the state.
Jerry mentors young people to achieve mastery and develop important life skills, including integrity of decision-making. A retired veteran, Jerry is dedicated to service, which is evident in the work he does with youth and adult volunteers.
A panel of judges chose Jerry from an excellent list of nominees. He advances to judging of volunteer awardees from 4-H programs across the the north central region of the U.S. If selected, she will then be judged at the national level.
The National 4-H Salute to Excellence Awards recognize volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to 4-H. Each year, Minnesota 4-H nominates one exceptional individual who has volunteered 10 years or more for the Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer category.Read more.Extension educator and volunteer systems directorIs there a volunteer in your community whose service is award worthy? Learn how to nominate them for next year's Minnesota 4-H Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer.
- 12/21 Crissy Otting named Minnesota 4-H volunteer of the yearCrissy Otting of Clearwater County is the 2018 Minnesota 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer of the Year.
Crissy has been instrumental in bringing youth voice to the county's horse project. She creates an environment of belonging through her genuine interest and concern for youth and their families.
Crissy's commitment to young people and the 4-H program is clear. She is a consistently guides 4-H'ers to thrive and be active members in their program.
A panel of judges chose Crissy from an outstanding list of nominees. She advances to judging of volunteer awardees from 4-H programs across the the north central region of the U.S. If selected, she will then be judged at the national level.
The National 4-H Salute to Excellence Awards recognize volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to 4-H. Each year, Minnesota 4-H nominates one outstanding individual who has volunteered for less than 10 years for the Volunteer of the Year category.Read more.Extension educator and volunteer systems directorIs there a volunteer in your community whose service is award worthy? Learn how to nominate them for next year's Minnesota 4-H Volunteer of the Year.
Minnesota 4-H in the media
- Anoka County 4-H program coordinator recognized with distinguished service award | ABC Newspapers | hometownsource.com
- Annual 4-H event allows local youth to do their Christmas shopping on their own | southernminn.com
- A turkey tale, from 4-H to DC | University of Minnesota Twin Cities
- 4-H Club of the Year announced at annual Kiwanis banquet | Republican Eagle
- A turkey trot to the White House | Echo Press
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
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