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Thursday, April 20, 2017

"In 4-H, I was surrounded by a community who believed in me.”

Meet Sara Budde.

Sara is a 4-H program coordinator in Stearns County. She is passionate about 4-H because it helps youth find their confidence and learn to be the best kind of community members.

“Our kids are more likely to live healthy lives and contribute in meaningful ways. I’ve watched this in my own community my whole life. 4-H’ers learn to be great people and that shows in every part of their lives.”

Research backs up exactly what Sara says. Youth who grow up in 4-H are four times more likely to actively contribute to their communities, and are twice as likely to both excel in school and make health life choices.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

“I hope that every person who volunteers knows that they are important and valuable.”

4-H volunteer Becca Turnquist (3rd from left)
with Swift County 4-H Ambassadors
Becca Turnquist is a proud 4-H volunteer in Swift County.

She advises the 4-H ambassador program, giving youth opportunities to build leadership skills while representing 4-H at a variety of events and doing community service throughout the county.

“My role is to help our ambassadors accomplish their goals and stay organized with meetings. I also give mini trainings to help them be more effective leaders. Building presentations, being a good listener, and how to give back to our community are topics we’ve explored together.”

This is not Becca’s first experience with 4-H. In fact, she chose to be a 4-H volunteer because of how much she gained from the program during her own growing up years.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

"You can’t come out of 4-H without confidence, self-awareness, and lifelong skills to use no matter what your future."

Meet Genevieve,

a Minnesota 4-H True Leader.

Genevieve just returned from the National 4-H Conference in Washington D.C. She was a member of the conference’s Youth Leadership Team (YLT).

Along with 6 other youth, Genevieve spent months building collaboration, problem-solving, and leadership skills while planning important aspects of this annual conference. It was attended by around 250 youth from across the United States.

“My primary roles during the conference were to host, build community between attendees, and co-lead a roundtable experience on climate change. I’ve grown a lot in my administrative skills. I’m way more efficient and thorough in planning because of my YLT experience.”

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."
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