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Youth make a difference through Reach Out Iowa

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Since 2009, youth groups in the Sioux City, Waterloo, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Winterset and Marshalltown areas have been tackling complex community issues through Reach Out Iowa. Rather than complete “one and done” community service projects, these youth are adding learning to their service — researching the need, planning and taking action, then reflecting on what they learned and how to do better next time.

“Through the program, we have already helped more than 2,500 people,” said Marc Peterson, a 4-H urban program specialist. “These youth are showing their communities that they are valuable citizens with voices to be heard.”

This article appeared in August 2011 -- From Cathann Kress Newsletter