Heronemus Receives Harkin PROSPER Award

Cheryl Heronemus receives Harkin PROSPER awardAMES, Iowa – Cheryl Heronemus, a regional director with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, has received the fourth annual Harkin PROSPER award. She serves Lyon, Osceola, Dickinson, Sioux, O’Brien and Clay counties.

PROSPER stands for Promoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience, and the Harkin PROSPER award recognizes Iowa leaders who have made significant contributions in advancing scientifically proven methods that strengthen the family unit. In 2009, Sen. Tom and Ruth Harkin were the first recipients of the annual PROSPER award and afterward their name was added to the name of the award.

“Few individuals are greater advocates for youth, families and community growth than Cheryl Heronemus,” stated Richard Spoth, director of the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute at Iowa State University. “As a former county extension education director and currently a regional extension director, Cheryl’s variety of interests and contacts allows her to connect with an array of people and utilize diverse resources. She stands behind programs that are making positive changes in the lives of youth and families in her community. Her firm belief in the powerful effects of evidence-based programming — programs based on research — has driven her to work tirelessly toward expanding PROSPER in northwest Iowa counties and schools.”

PROSPER is a scientifically proven way of delivering programs that reduce risky youth behaviors, enhance positive youth development and strengthen families. PROSPER links university-based prevention researchers with the Cooperative Extension System at the land-grant university and the public school system. By supporting the PROSPER project, families and youth learn ways to combat risky behaviors leading to safer and prosperous communities.

Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute is a large-scale program of research on interventions designed to build family and youth competencies, thereby preventing youth substance abuse and other problem behaviors. ISU Extension and Outreach and Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute at ISU are collaborators in the PROSPER national network.

The fourth annual Harkin PROSPER award was presented to Heronemus on May 13 at Reiman Gardens on the Iowa State campus in Ames.

To lean more, visit www.prosper.ppsi.iastate.edu. See family programming offered through ISU Extension and Outreach at www.extension.iastate.edu/families.

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Eugenia Hamilton, network team coordinator, Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute, 515-294-1367, ehanlon@iastate.edu