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Iowa 4-H Sends Volunteers to National Shooting Sports Training


AMES, Iowa -- Ten adult volunteers will attend the 2006 National 4-H Shooting Sports Workshop at Manhattan, Kansas, May 7-12 as part of an Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development thrust to increase certified instructors in Iowa.

Participants will seek certification in one of the following disciplines: archery, black powder, hunting, rifle and shotgun. The workshop prepares adult volunteers to teach other adult volunteers through state workshops.

“Our goal is to increase youth and family access to caring adults who can help youth develop competencies in shooting sports and wildlife, but more importantly help youth become capable, caring people,” said Judy Levings, 4-H youth development specialist and coordinator of the Iowa program. “Having nationally certified instructors helps maintain a quality program that meets liability requirements.”

Called Safety in Shooting Sports, the 4-H program potentially could become one of the largest 4-H projects in Iowa. Presently the programs in Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin each enroll more than 3,000 youth per year.

The nationally certified instructors will teach Iowa local instructor certification for at least the next two years.  The ten volunteers and their specialty include: Mike Aalbers of Albia, hunting; Dan Burkhart of West Union, black powder; Earl Hardisty of Sac City, archery; Barb Henningsen of Ida Grove, archery; Al Keninger of Newton, hunting; Tim Leister of Gilbert, rifle; Jim McElhany of Sioux City, shotgun; Dean Mueller of Northwood, shotgun; Martin White of Winterset, rifle; and Paul Yock of Sigourney, archery.

For more information about 4-H Safety in Shooting Sports, contact Judy Levings at jlevings@iastate.edu or call (515) 294-1017.

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.

Contacts :

Judith Levings, 4-H Youth Development, (515) 294-4764, jlevings@iastate.edu

Carol Ouverson, Extension Communication and Marketing, (515) 294-9640, couverso@iastate.edu