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‘4-H Builds Resilience’

Feb 22, 2018
Courtesy of: RACHEL WONDERLICH Jefferson County 4-H volunteers participate in “4-H Builds Resilience” and explore how brain development and personal growth relate to their role as volunteers.

Iowa State University Extension’s 4-H volunteers from Jefferson County participated in “4-H Builds Resilience” training Feb. 15 at the Cambridge Learning Center on the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

During the annual training, they explored how brain development and personal growth relate to their role as volunteers and gained an understanding of resilience and the connection they provide in increasing resilience in youth. In addition, leaders learned skills that can be applied to promote and create opportunities to build resilience as well as use tools to promote growth in youth.

The training was part of ISU Extension and Outreach’s 4-H Youth Development annual training for volunteers.

Completing the training were Heidi Pickard, Kolby Freeman, Julie Clubb, Molly Blakely, Reena Wickenkamp, Amy White, Laura Taglauer, Casey Cronk, Marvin Larson, Sharie Leazer, Samantha Lange, Cynthia Post, Bonnie and Shilo Hilger, Lacie Teal, Mary Braasch, Megan Fritchen, Ashtin Walker, Diane and Tom Bevins, Sherry Taglauer, Keeli Rubey, Elly and Wade Stremsterfer, Christine Engwall.

4-H volunteers, as caring adults, are an important element of ISU Extension and Outreach’s youth-serving organization, said Rachel Wonderlich, ISU Extension and Outreach county youth coordinator.

Effective volunteers provide the experiences and positive relationships that enable 4-H youth to become productive citizens, outstanding communicators, effective leaders, and successful learners now and in the future, she explained.

To find out more about the 4-H program in Jefferson County, contact Wonderlich at 472-4166 or rachel4h@iastate.edu.

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