Extension News

Inner city youth visit Union County

group of youth

3/21/2007

Four fun-filled days in Union County with ISU Extension — that’s what 25 kids of Latino and African American heritage from inner city New York experienced in February. The group from Fresh Youth Initiatives, an afterschool program, explored rural culture during its Trip USA. The youth were being rewarded for their positive leadership in community service projects with the homeless.

“Our connections with a private foundation led the youth to us,” said Sharon Wasteney, ISU Extension education director for Union County.

The New York youth visited area farms and ranches, business and industry, the Three Mile Lake Recreation Area and the Iowa State campus. The New York youth also demonstrated their service project — sewing light sleeping bags for homeless people — to Union County 4-H’ers.

“There is diversity here in Iowa, but it is a different type of diversity,” Wasteney said, a diversity that the inner city youth were glad to explore and sad to leave. “They learned that Iowa is a friendly place with a lot of things to do.”

For more information, contact Wasteney at swasten@iastate.edu.

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Contacts :

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and Marketing, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu