County 4-H News

February 23, 2021

ISU Extension and Outreach in Fayette County has an exciting opening for a Youth Outreach Educator. This is an opportunity to join our team if you are an individual with a passion for working with youth of all ages, great volunteers, and networking with others! The position averages 40 hours per week divided between the Bremer and Fayette County Extension Office’s during the school year and up to 40 hours per week for 12 weeks during the summer in Fayette County. Typical hours will be daytime including afterschool, but some nights and weekends are required.

April 8, 2020

Social distancing, self-isolation, quarantine: the changes from COVID-19 can be hard to handle. However, Iowans can turn to Iowa Concern for help, says Tammy Jacobs, coordinator for the long-time service from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  With a toll-free phone number, live chat capabilities and a website, Iowa Concern services are available 24 hours a day, seven days per week at no charge. Iowa Concern provides access to stress counselors and an attorney for legal education, as well as information and referral services for a wide variety of topics.

February 3, 2021

4-H provides youth the opportunity to reach their full potential by working and learning in partnership with caring adults. 4-H volunteers are one of the essential elements of ISU Extension’s youth-serving organization.

On March 1, beginning at 7 pm Iowa State University Extension’s 4-H volunteers from Fayette County are invited to “Planning for Success of 4-H Youth” training at a location to be determined. This training will help volunteers engage in learning strategies to effectively manage groups and develop a stronger understanding of the importance of planning ahead and being prepared to help in creating a productive and effective group experience. Volunteers will have the opportunity to apply positive youth development framework to create vibrant youth learning environments. In addition, leaders will share resources that can be used with 4-H youth throughout the year.

November 13, 2020

Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica) recently contributed $550 to Iowa State Extension and Outreach to support 4-H in Fayette County. The donation will help fund work at the 4-H Clover Café on the Fayette County fairgrounds.  The Clover Café is a renovated addition to the fairgrounds and money still is being raised for the project. The donation from the Decorah office of FCSAmerica will help cover plumbing costs and the purchase of picnic tables.

October 9, 2020

Fayette County 4-H'ers and community members "Walked for Wellness" on October 7 as part of the state’s healthiest walk initiative. Michele Kelly, Fayette County Youth Coordinator states, “Although we were a rather small group, believe me we were nothing but mighty as the 6 individuals trekked over 2 miles, within an hour.” Registration began at the Extension Office in Fayette.  The group decided that the route we would be walking would be Fayette’s west trail. The group left from behind the Fayette County Extension Office, headed towards the trail passing by the newly painted Freedom Rock and out to Klocks Island park located on the west edge of Fayette along Hwy 93. We swooped the park loop, got back on the trail and headed back to the office. Andy, a member of the Harlan Fremont 4-H club and his parents joined the group and as we returned Andy replied, “This was the best day ever. You picked a great day to conduct this walk.” Others chimed in and agreed with him.

Pedometers were made available by Iowa 4-H and given to the participants. Michele Kelly encourages others to stop in at the Extension Office, 218 South Main, Fayette to pick up one of the leftover pedometers. 

Pictured: Katrina Lane, Andy Nelson, Michael Mahoney, LeAnn Popenhagen, Patricia Baumler and Michele Kelly

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