4-H Youth Development Specialist
4-H Youth Development focuses on empowering youth to reach their full potential through youth-adult partnerships and research-based experiences in STEM, Healthy Living, Citizenship and Leadership, and Communication and Arts. Education is provided through 4-H clubs, camps, workshops, afterschool programs, schools, and volunteer development.
Frequent Clients/Partners: Youth in grades 4 through 12 or youth ages 8 to 18 are primary youth audiences. Adults who volunteer or are employed to work with youth are primary adult audiences. Partners include other youth serving agencies and organizations, schools, hospitals, libraries, parks and recreation, conservation departments, home school groups, civic groups, youth focused coalitions, and child care centers.
Joined ISU Extension: November 1, 1987
Extension Positions/Other Experience:
- Home Economics Education teacher, Forest City, 1983, 1984-87; Lake Mills, 1984-85;
- 4-H and youth summer aide, Winnebago County, 1987; Montgomery County, 1978-81,
- 4-H/Youth volunteer, Winnebago County, 1983-87; Certified Home Economist through American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences 1990-2003.
- 4-H Youth Development Specialist, 1987 to present
- B.S., Adult and Secondary Home Economics Education, Iowa State University, 1982
- M.S. Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University, 1991
- National Association of 4-H Agents Association Distinguished Service Award, 1999
- Iowa State University Extension Meritorious Service Award, 2002
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