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4-H in Itasca County

    Summer is a great time to get on campus and explore careers
    4-H State Director Jennifer Skuza talks about the many youth who have visited her at the University of Minnesota this summer. Visiting college campuses is a fun and valuable experience. Learn why!
    Staff and volunteers must report suspected child neglect and abuse
    Staff and 4-H volunteers have an important role to keep young people safe. All 4-H volunteers and staff, no matter their role or job duties, must promptly report suspected child abuse or neglect to local law enforcement or to the appropriate social services agency.
    New – An exciting opportunity to participate in video production!
    4-H members in grades 6-12 who are interested in learning how to make a video or learning more about videography are invited to attend a 4-H video discovery project at the Minnesota State Fair Aug. 21-25.
    Itasca 4-H Reaches New Youth Audiences
    Itasca County 4-H has reached many new audiences over the last few years. One way we have done that is through the work of the Itasca County Community Engagement Coordinator. Read on to learn how and what young people are saying.
    Incredible Summer
    The 4-H Incredible Exchange program is new to Itasca county. It is designed to engage youth in volunteer activities, help them build valuable career skills, and provide them access to recreational and cultural activities.
    The personal benefits of volunteering
    Have you ever wondered if adults gain anything from 4-H? Dr. Jennifer Skuza shares findings from our recent survey of 4-H volunteers. It's not just youth who benefit from 4-H participation.
    Extension Development and Minnesota 4-H award 15 scholarships
    Congratulations to the 2019 Minnesota 4-H scholarship recipients! These fifteen outstanding 4-H youth and alumni across Minnesota stood out among over 120 individuals who submitted applications.
    Keep youth safe – have emergency plans in place
    Planning in advance to be prepared for a variety of 4-H activities is an important key to keeping all participants safe. Utilize the “keeping youth safe” website for resources and information, and make sure to develop and have in place an emergency plan for all 4-H programs, activities and outings.
    Follow the medication policy and procedures
    4-H medication policy and procedures are designed to help keep all youth safe. Utilize the information sheet to understand the policy and how it works. Complete an authorization form before day or overnight activities occur when a parent/guardian is not present.
    Utilize Cloverbud policies and practices when planning programs
    The 4-H Cloverbud program supports the positive development of kindergarten – 2nd grade 4-H members. This requires safety measures, policies and rules that are age appropriate. A resource for parents, guardians and mentors provides information needed to plan safe and age appropriate programs and activities for this age group.

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