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Featured 4-H Scholar: Katie Petersen

Meet Katie Petersen, a freshman at Bemidji State University, 4-H alum from Roseau County and a 2014 recipient of the Kern Scholarship from the Minnesota 4-H Foundation.

Katie has been an active member of 4-H at both the club and county level. She's filled several leadership roles in the Malung 4-H Club including president, vice president, treasurer, and historian. For Roseau County 4-H, she has served on the Leader's Council and supported committee activities in the areas of livestock, the county fair food stand, and fashion revue.

During Katie's 13 years in 4-H, she has participated in 15 unique projects including sheep, performing arts, fashion revue, quilting and photography. She has received numerous awards for her ewes and lambs, including a 2008 Grand Championship and 2013 Reserve Championship for her White and Speckled Ewe Lamb at the Minnesota State Fair. Katie has also earned four Grand Championships for her lambs and ewes at the Roseau County Fair.

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Helping Hands Grant provides 4-H access to Hmong-American youth

Over the years, Asian Media Access, based in North Minneapolis, has become a beacon of hope and opportunity for Asian and non-Asian youth alike, providing opportunities for cultural dance performance, skills development in technology and graphic arts, service learning, academic enrichment, and project-based learning. In a partnership with Urban 4-H of Hennepin County, and funded by the Minnesota 4-H Foundation, the Stand Up! Participate! project was crafted to explore how positive youth development principles could be incorporated to enhance the powerful work already being done with and for Asian Media Access youth participants.

The first Stand Up! Participate! group to grow from this partnership, named the Hmong Mother-Daughter Club by its members, targets Hmong youth aged 7-18 years old. Their club mixes leadership development opportunities with arts education (dance, Hmong needlework and traditional foods), intergenerational learning (mothers and daughters together), and student-l…