Hoyer Named 4-H Youth Development State Program Leader

April 16, 2024, 3:01 pm | Jason Henderson, Mitchell Hoyer, Sydney Peterson

Mitchell Hoyer.AMES, Iowa — Mitchell Hoyer has been named the director and state program leader for 4-H Youth Development with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Hoyer has served as the interim leader for Iowa 4-H Youth Development for the past year.

Hoyer has 35 years of experience serving in multiple positions as an ISU Extension and Outreach employee, 21 of these on the state staff for 4-H Youth Development. He started his extension career as a county agriculturist in Winnebago County. He later transitioned to a county extension education director in Humboldt County and served as a state 4-H program specialist working with risk management and program policy.

“Iowa’s youth are experiencing more challenges, complexities and opportunities than ever before,” said Jason Henderson, Iowa State’s vice president for extension and outreach. “Mitch has already demonstrated that he has the experience, passion and commitment to lead 4-H now and into the future as we work with Iowa schools, community partners, youth organizations, families and other caring adults to support youth to live, learn and grow.”

As interim 4-H leader, Hoyer has been providing leadership and oversight of the statewide 4-H Youth Development program for the past year. Before that, he served as senior manager for 4-H Youth Development, leading 4-H accountability, communication and program reporting efforts; providing leadership to the 4-H management team; and assisting with day-to-day program budget and policy decisions. He also served for over two decades as the Iowa State Fair Bruce L. Rastetter 4-H Exhibits Building and communication events superintendent.

“I am honored to serve alongside our staff, volunteers, families and county partners to create opportunities for youth to be ready for life, work and leadership,” Hoyer said. “4-H is committed to providing extraordinary opportunities for youth to be future-ready, productive, healthy and engaged, and we will continue to extend those experiences to all Iowa youth.”

For more information on the Iowa 4-H Youth Development program, please contact your ISU Extension and Outreach county office or visit the Iowa 4-H website at www.extension.iastate.edu/4h.

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