4-H Clubs from Dodge and Hennepin counties receive 2019 Community Youth Leadership Awards
The Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) honored two University of Minnesota Extension Minnesota 4-H projects for their contributions and service to communities. These projects, driven by youth across Minnesota, truly make a big difference and respond to real community needs in the state.
Each year, AMC in partnership with Extension, awards Community Leadership Awards at the annual AMC Legislative Conference. Each project is recognized based on responding to real community needs and demonstrating broad participation by youth in the design and implementation. Each winning club receives $500.
Creating Community Cultural Awareness: DC Pumas 4-H Club - Dodge County
The DC Pumas 4-H Club from Dodge County was recognized for their collective work on “Community Project Cultural Exposure.” With the mission to teach others about their culture, the club members worked with parents to learn and make presentations about important Hispanic traditions, such as Day of the Dead and Las Posadas as well as Alebrijes and artwork. They made a series of presentations and displays for Triton Schools and community members. As they worked together, the club learned more about their cultural background while also inspiring educated awareness in others.
Is This Justice? Juvenile VS. Restorative Justice: Franklin Library 4-H Club – Hennepin County
The Franklin Library 4-H Club from Hennepin County was recognized for their project, called: “Is this Justice: Juvenile Justice vs. Restorative Justice.” Due to first-hand experience with the juvenile justice system, the club members were motivated to talk with community leaders and organizations about alternatives. They created and implemented a presentation that taught about restorative justice practices for a total audience of over 75 youth and educators and received provided positive feedback for well-researched information as well as learning activities.
Projects are reviewed by members of the AMC Extension Committee Judging Panel. Winners are then invited to a luncheon with county commissioners to be recognized with a trophy and check. If your 4-H program is interested in applying in 2020, please contact Heather Bandeen, AMC Research and Program Development Manager, at email@example.com.