Gov. Branstad’s new initiative, Volunteer Iowa: A Call to Service, asks Iowans to volunteer at least 50 hours each year. One way Iowa volunteers can increase their community service, while adding service-learning to their efforts, is by partnering with 4-H Service-Learning from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Communities and youth across the state have benefitted from Reach Out Iowa, a program that empowers youth to make a difference in their communities. This year, the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism, named Kayla De Weerd, 14, of Hull, and Hannah Jorgensen, 13, of Adair, Iowa’s top two youth volunteers for 2012. Both De Weerd and Jorgensen were part of their local 4-H clubs, and are completing their projects with Reach Out Iowa.
Oct. 2-8 is National 4-H Week, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is celebrating 4-H youth who have made an impact on Iowa communities. In many Iowa counties, county 4-H programs are hosting celebrations and inviting youth to learn about and enroll in 4-H.