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Minnesota 4-H: Growing True Leaders to air Oct. 11

During National 4-H Week, Pioneer Public Television will air a new edition of Minnesota 4-H: Growing True Leaders, a program to celebrate the accomplishments of Minnesotan 4-H'ers and showcases the values and mission of our organization.

Hosted by Libby Montreuil, this edition of Minnesota 4-H: Growing True Leaders highlights the Milan Navigators 4-H Club, which recently took part in a special national initiative to improve community health.

The program also features interviews with 4-H'ers at the Minnesota State Fair talking about their projects and experiences in 4-H. This year’s program features 4-H'ers from 10 different counties: Blue Earth, Washington, Pennington, Nicollet, Olmsted, Stearns, Washington, Martin, Wright and Carver.

As Minnesota's largest youth development organization, 4-H strives "to make the best better" through hands-on projects in areas such as science, health, agriculture, citizenship and the arts. 4-H programs provide a safe, fun …
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From Jennifer: It’s a new season of doing in 4-H

A monthly letter from Minnesota 4-H interim state leader Dr. Jennifer A. Skuza

Dear 4-H youth, families and volunteers,

As we step into this new season, with the changing color of leaves and cooling of the air, it feels to me like a fresh start. My daughter just began a new year of school and enrichment activities are on our mind. Sports, STEM, creative arts, community service. There are so many choices.

4-H also begins anew in this season. October 1st is the start of our new program year. Just like each January when many of us set intentions for the coming months, now is the perfect time to identify how we want to change, and perhaps improve, our 4-H experience.

What are you curious and excited to learn and explore this year? Will you try something new?How might you use your growing knowledge and passion to do for yourself, your family and club, your community and our world?
How might you encourage greater levels of learning and leadership in the youth you influence? How …

2,868 4-H youth showed livestock at the Minnesota State Fair

Extension 4-H'ers from 87 counties brought over 2,800 animals to the 2018 "Great Minnesota Get-Together" for 4-H's annual livestock encampment. Held Aug. 22 - 26, the livestock exhibits included: Beef: 578 exhibitsDairy: 447 exhibitsGoats: 366 exhibitsPoultry: 232 exhibitsRabbits: 336 exhibitsSheep: 372 exhibitsSwine: 462 exhibitsLama: 75 exhibits Extension 4-H'ers prepared for this event all summer long. There are several components youth consider when deciding to exhibit livestock, including selection and preparation of the animal, educational programming, scholarship applications and participation at county fairs.

Education is integral in 4-H's learn by doing philosophy. As part of the educational component, Extension 4-H requires every livestock encampment youth to participate in interviews to demonstrate their learning. Examples of the interview process include an on-line knowledge test, skill-a-thons, and personal interviews about their project area.


Growing the next generation of leaders in Cottonwood County, Minnesota.

Crystal Reith is the 4-H Program Coordinator in Cottonwood County, Minnesota. But her 4-H roots are across the state line South Dakota. No matter the location, Crystal works tirelessly to grow leaders in her community.

South Dakota grown Crystal grew up as an active youth leader in her 4-H club and officer for South Dakota 4-H Junior Leaders. She attended and participated in as many things as possible during her 12 years as a 4-H'er. "My family showed beef and swine and we judged everything we could," she remembered fondly. "I had general projects too and really enjoyed photography." She also spent five summers as a Extension 4-H intern in Sioux Falls.

She attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, earning a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Journalism and then went on to receive a master's degree in Education from the University of Minnesota Duluth. While at SDSU, she met her husband, a Minnesota native. They eventually moved to Minnesota, …

Message from Jennifer: It is my honor to serve

Dear 4-H youth, families and volunteers,

As Dorothy indicated in her letter to you last month, her retirement began on July 31. Dean Durgan asked that I serve as the Interim Minnesota 4-H State Leader during our transition to new Minnesota 4-H leadership. It is my honor.

I have been with University of Minnesota Extension since 1993. My very first position was a 4-H Extension educator in Brown County. Most recently, I was the Assistant Dean at the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development providing leadership to the educational direction of MN 4-H, intercultural programs and our research agenda. I am also an instructor at the University of Minnesota’s Youth Development Leadership master’s program in the College of Education and Human Development.

I am also a 4-H mom. My daughter Sofía just completed her first 4-H judging experience as a third grader at the Ramsey County Fair. She brought a photography project and was thrilled to demonstrate her team’s 4-H Engineer…

Katelyn’s 4-H story: Livestock, learning and one patent pending

Katelyn admits that her life has become "pretty wild" in the last few years. She joined 4-H because she loved cows and wanted to learn more about them. That love has quickly expanded into a commitment to learning and a desire to be an agri-science innovator.

Wild is certainly one word to describe how busy the life of a 4-H'er can get. And Katelyn explains that her 4-H life is wild for all the right reasons.

Cows, horses, sheep, ducks… and a deep love for learning Katelyn is from Itasca County, and she's been ambitious and brave since a young age. When she was just three-years-old she learned to ride her first horse, and by the time she was five, she had her first heifer to show. As a 4-H Cloverbud, a special program for 5-7 year olds, Katelyn's love for showing cattle took off and she's been showing livestock ever since.

Since then Katelyn has continuously added new animals to her family's farm, with help and encouragement from her mom, aunt and grandm…

210 youth from across Minnesota participated in statewide engineering challenge

Over 200 youth demonstrated teamwork, creativity and innovation at the 4-H Engineering Design Challenge.

The energetic buzz of 210 youth preparing for show was hard to miss at Minnesota 4-H’s annual Engineering Design Challenge on Aug. 6. The event welcomed youth from across the state in a fun learning event that encouraged teamwork, innovation and lots of creativity.

Using the engineering design process, teams of 3rd – 12th graders built complex machines that accomplished a simple task: planting and watering a single seed.

Each team spent weeks, and in some cases months, building the perfect machine to meet the challenge. They used 4-H curriculum to explore engineering principles and tested multiple designs and equipment as they went. 4-H adult volunteers guided each team, providing meeting space, helping to secure materials and learning right alongside the young people.

"I think the best part of the 4-H Engineering Design Challenge is how much youth and adults learn and grow…