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Thursday, March 16, 2017

"My hope for the future is that youth will make things better, grow, and be willing to explore.”

Brian Mc Neill
Minnesota 4-H True Leader
In 4-H, Brian developed skills he uses every day to make an impact on his community.

Brian Mc Neill and his three siblings were raised on a dairy farm in western Minnesota. Resources were limited growing up, but 4-H gave Brian an avenue to explore opportunities outside his community and expand skills he would need throughout life.

“Our parents worked hard, so hard to ensure we had the essentials. There wasn’t much more available to us beyond that. But they gave us 4-H. And in 4-H, mentors helped me discover a whole world of opportunity.”

Hard work and determination were of high value in Brian’s family. He was able to apply and grow those skills in many 4-H experiences, especially during a 4-H entrepreneurship project he participated in as a senior in high school.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

"4-H is all about giving. And that giving goes both ways."

Patty with the 2016 4-H Project Bowl team she coached
from McLeod County
Meet Patty Dahlke.

Patty can’t remember a time without 4-H in her life and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Her mom, a 4-H alum herself, signed Patty up for 4-H when she was just five, barely old enough to be the youngest of Cloverbuds. Over the years growing up in Aitkin County, Patty’s whole family became proud 4-H’ers, learning and growing together.

When Patty and her husband Doug decided to raise their family in McLeod County, keeping the family connection to 4-H alive was never in question. Well, at least not for Patty.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

"Being a 4-H teen teacher is like nothing I've ever experienced!"

Kendra (left) with fellow teen teacher Layla
Meet Kendra.

Kendra is a student at Shakopee High School. Along with her best friend, Layla, Kendra volunteers as a healthy living teacher with 4-H’s Youth Teaching Youth program.

“I take time out of my own school day to visit local elementary schools and teach health and safety lessons to fourth and fifth graders. I had no idea how much of an impact I could make and how much I’d learn about myself. Being a teen teacher is amazing.”

Youth Teaching Youth teen teachers are trained by 4-H staff to deliver short series of lessons on important topics such as internet safety and alcohol and tobacco decisions. Pairs of youth work together to learn the curriculum, develop effective teaching skills, and build trust in each other as co-teachers.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

"It's fun to see youth and adults grow, gain confidence, and learn together."

Meet Dan Landherr.

Dan is a volunteer with 4-H in Chisago County.

4-H is the perfect place for Dan to share his love for building, creating, and innovating with his family and with other youth from his community.

Dan first started volunteering with 4-H when his oldest son was 10 years old. They were both interested in robotics and thought it would be fun to explore the topic with other youth and adults. They worked with their local 4-H program coordinator to spread the word and had a good turnout.

"The first year I volunteered, we had 12 youth participate, including my son Nathan. We joined the FIRST LEGO League program to explore a challenge with a competition to work toward. When we started, the youth didn’t know much of anything about robotics, but they were excited to learn."

Thursday, February 2, 2017

"Being a leader who helps others grow is amazing and truly life changing."

Maggie is a Minnesota 4-H True Leader.

Maggie is a 16-year-old 4-H'er in Murray County. Her first experience with 4-H was as a first grader when she started exploring horses, sheep, and crafts with other youth in the Cameron 4-H Club.

Maggie loves horses. She spends a lot of time focused on hippology (the study of horses), horse judging, speech and demonstration, building horse riding skills, and even leads the Cloverbud horse project, teaching the youngest of 4-H'ers about her passion. Maggie has competed several times at the Minnesota 4-H State Horse Show and has represented Minnesota 4-H at three national competitions.

4-H has also been a place for Maggie to build leadership skills. 4-H leadership events, retreats, and conferences in Murray County, Southwest Minnesota, and in Minneapolis-St. Paul have challenged her to grow. Last winter, she attended a youth leadership retreat offered by 4-H in Marshall, Minnesota. At the retreat, Maggie learned to value different strengths and perspectives in fellow community members. She discovered that great leaders equip others to use their strengths toward better, collaborative results. That 4-H retreat motivated Maggie to be a reflective and intentional leader in her own community.
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