College students and graduates who have had experiences with cooperatives see them as a way to gain valuable work experiences, scholarships and the means to addressing community needs. Student involvement in cooperatives is one aspect of the eXtension.org website containing educational materials about cooperatives.
Iowa farm women are sharing their experiences in central Africa, where 80 percent of the farming is done by women. This collaboration was developed by a farmer-to-farmer project through Iowa State University Extension with cooperation from a Ugandan nonprofit organization.
Food, fun and a good cause will all unite at the Iowa 4-H Center’s Wall and Waffles Fundraiser on Saturday, May 7.
The Iowa 4-H Center is hosting Spring Volunteer Day on Saturday, April 30. All ages are welcome to help spruce up the center and get it ready for another busy summer.
In Johnson County, 4-H has offered mentoring services through an affiliation with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBS) for 30 years. This year, Johnson County 4-H developed a program that combines the one-to-one mentoring of BBBS and the club community activities of 4-H into one program.
This June and July, the Iowa 4-H Center offers specialty camps designed for true outdoor lovers. Youth ages 14-18 may take a Wilderness Canoe Trek, Backpack Trek or Horsepacking Trek through the rugged trails of places like Minnesota and Michigan.
The projects, the judging, the youth conferences and the presentations in the life of a 4-H’er are valuable experiences that build more than leadership and communication skills. They also can inspire career choices and life-long interests.
Sisters and student-athletes Britta and Hallie Christofferson are familiar with the challenges that college life and college sports can bring. They also know that their experiences growing up in 4-H help them meet those challenges.