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In 4-H, youth grow a commitment to serving their community.

Meet Gigi.

In 4-H, Gigi has been discovering her power to serve.

As a 12-year member of Hayward 4-H Club, Gigi can hardly remember a time without 4-H. She's followed her older siblings in showing various livestock but also branched out, exploring a range of projects including photography, gardening, food and nutrition and fine arts and crafts. 4-H gives her the opportunity to work hard toward a goal and expand her creative skills.

Gigi with her older brother Foster
Ask Gigi and she'll tell you that the most important skills she's grown in 4-H are connected to leadership and community service. Holding club officer positions have helped her practice patience, organization, collaboration and perseverance. She is currently her club's community pride officer. The role's main responsibility is to identify and coordinate experiences for youth to contribute to their local community.

Recent activities she's planned include a citywide garbage clean-up day, skit performances at the local nursing home and food packing at a nearby food shelf. "Growing up to be an older member of the club is fun," reflected Gigi about her leadership role in 4-H. "You get to show the other kids in the club all the opportunities to be a part of."

4-H empowers youth with the skills they need to lead. Gigi is doing just that, discovering along the way that she doesn't have to wait for permission to help her community. "It's a matter of taking things into your own hands, not waiting for your parents to tell you."

Growing leadership skills in 4-H has set Gigi up for a lifetime of service. "There are always people out there who need your help, you just have to ask."
Gigi (in blue) volunteering with fellow club members

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By Madison Muir
University of Minnesota student
Kittson County 4-H alum

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