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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Meet 4-H staffer Jalil Shabazz

This year, Jalil led 4-H's STEM team at the
Minnesota State Fair
Jalil is a 4-H alum and leader for Teen Power 4-H Club in St. Paul, Minnesota. He first got involved with 4-H by getting homework help after school in his apartment building. That support from caring adults sparked something in him. Jalil wanted to do more in 4-H.

In 2006, Jalil and a few friends and mentors started the Teen Power 4-H Club. The club focuses on building confidence and self-expression through fine arts. Jalil wrote and produced music for his club, which they showcased in venues like Garage and First Avenue.

"One of the most memorable experiences as a 4-H'er was performing at The Garage. Everyone was super excited and going crazy after we performed. It was an amazing feeling knowing that we created that atmosphere."

4-H provided Jalil with many great mentors who helped him expand his fine arts skills and encouraged him toward a healthy and successful life. "Patrick was the first person to teach me how to produce beats. This really helped with deciding with what I want to study in school."

Being open-minded is advice Jalil received as a 4-H'er and wants to pass on to others. "The one thing you need to know is that you don't know everything, so be curious."

In addition to leading a 4-H club, Jalil coordinated the STEM activities in the 4-H Building during the Minnesota State Fair. Jalil is now pursuing a degree in music production from Full Sail University.

"I am thankful for 4-H and I try to give back as much as I can. I feel like every kid should get to have these great experiences."

Written by Lucia Davila Alvarez
Ramsey County 4-H alum
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