Testing the waters
(January 2012) A new 4-H project offers youth a chance to be hands-on citizen scientists by monitoring water quality in their local areas. In the Aquatic Robotics Project, 4-H’ers build and program a remote-operated underwater vehicle to collect water samples, then test the samples. Aquatic robotics, a joint project between Extension and the US Navy, is being rolled out across Minnesota and will contribute to knowledge of watershed quality in 67 counties.
Minnesota 4-H partnering with ICI on a youth project
(March 2013) Minnesota 4-H is partnering with The Institute on Community Integration (ICI) on a project that brings together youth as partners in improving their communities through inclusive service learning.
The project titled “Together We Make a Difference: Inclusive Service Learning as Part of 4-H Youth Development Programs,”equips teachers and youth leaders with research-based activities to help high school youth who are at risk of dropping out of school and disengaging from their communities, to become partners in planning and carrying out service learning projects. The goal is to instill hope, a sense of purpose, self-confidence, and a positive vision of the future.
Center for Youth Development’s Jessica Russo and Anita Gilbertson, along with ICI staff lead this one-year project, delivered through four 4-H clubs in Ramsey and Anoka counties. The project began July 1, 2012 and is funded by a $38,000 grant from the University’s College of Education and Human Development and Extension. Read the full story here.
(January 2013) Paula Mohr blogs for The Farmer about 10 4-H State Ambassadors who were chosen to participate in a pilot program in which they shared their 4-H experiences with their legislators. The pilot program was envisioned by Nicole Pokorney, Extension educator. Nicole has attended Extension legislative events in the past and noticed that youth voice was missing from the experience, so this was a great opportunity for youth to get involved. Read the full story here.
4-H in the media
- State 4-H Project Bowl results| AgriNews
- State 4-H Project Bowl draws 500 4-H'ers from across the state | AgriNews
- A Partnership Model for Training Episodic Environmental Stewardship 4-H Volunteers | Chin Young, et al | Journal of Extension
- 4-H plant sale May 17 and 18 | ABC Newspapers Anoka County
- 4-H Clover Dash video | KARE-11 TV
- Murray County 4-H salutes volunteers | Murray County News
- 4-H Clover Dash on April 27 | KARE 11 TV
- 4-H members compete in Project Bowls | Alexandria Echo Press
- 4-H Clover Dash April 27 | ABC Newspapers (Anoka County)
- 4-H summer camp planned | Brainerd Dispatch