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Melissa Pierce

Communications associate

On April 1 the latest online volunteer module, Keeping Youth in 4-H, will be launched. Targeted towards organizational, project, and activity volunteers, this training uses videos of what not to do and what to do to increase positive relationships, skill-building, and enjoyment to keep 4-H'ers coming back. It also has a handout to help volunteers travel through the module.

An article announcing the training has been placed in the April Clover Update (Volunteer Corner). Marketing supports are available for staff to use to promote the module to volunteers (postcard plus e-blast, Facebook, and Twitter messages as part of a google spreadsheet calendar). The online trainings are designed to provide on demand support for adult volunteers to build the skills, knowledge and resources to be successful in in their work with young people.

Staff are also encouraged to view the module and identify volunteers who would benefit from this training. Of course, any of the modules can be viewed at any time. The monthly focus is designed to help us move towards our goal of having 25% of volunteers complete a module by Sept. 30, 2015. Online training information can be found on the YD Intranet.

Becky Harrington, Jill Grams, Mari Jo Lohmeier, and Patrick Jirik

On Tuesday March 31 I'll share some (hopefully) helpful user tips gained from the 4HOnline user's conference last week. There is also one new feature to talk about.

We'll meet from 10 - 10:30 a.m. Go to and enter meeting code 746 440 659.

Upcoming Tuesday morning webinars:

  • 4/7: Enrollment data analysis tool
  • 4/14: Animal ID webinar (extended length)
  • 4/21: Consumer decision making contest information
  • 4/28: FairPlus! orientation for new staff
Todd Mehrkens
Academic technologist

4-H professionals at all levels of programming are invited to participate in a national e-academy focusing on the skills teens develop through participating in 4-H leadership and citizenship opportunities. The webinars are free and will be made available after the event for anyone unable to attend the live online presentation. The sessions are facilitated by staff from National 4-H Council and National 4-H Headquarters and will be delivered by 4-H staff from across the country who are involved in citizenship and leadership programming. Pre-registration online is required for each session.

  • Session 1: April 1, 11 a.m. - 12 noon central

    Introduction to National 4-H e-Academy: Developing Skills Through 4-H Leadership & Citizenship Opportunities

  • Session 2: April 1, 1 - 2 p.m. central

    Leadership Competencies: A Framework

  • Session 3: April 8, 11 a.m. - 12 noon central

    Youth & Adult Partnerships: 4-H Teens Reaching Youth

  • Session 4: April 8, 1 - 2 p.m. central

    Teens Engaging the World

  • Session 5: April 15, 11 a.m. - 12 noon central

    What Skills are Developed through Intentional Civic Engagement and Service Opportunities? (Part 1)

  • Session 6: April 16, 1 - 2 p.m. central

    What Skills are Developed through Intentional Civic Engagement and Service Opportunities? (Part 2)

  • Session 7: April 22, 11 a.m. - 12 noon central

    The Role of Civic Education in 4-H Teen Development

  • Session 8: April 22, 1 - 2 p.m. central

    Understanding Culture through the Lens of 4-H Citizenship

  • Session 9: April 29, 11 a.m. - 12 noon central

    An Implementation Map for 4-H Teen Involvement & Engagement (Part 1)

  • Session 10: April 29, 1 - 2 p.m. central

    An Implementation Map for 4-H Teen Involvement & Engagement (Part 2)

Jacquie Lonning
State program director, citizenship & leadership

Event registration materials for the 4-H Youth Exploring Leadership and Learning Out loud! (YELLO!) event have been posted. YELLO! will be held June 10-13 in the 4-H Building on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

Staff can visit the YD Intranet for the following items:

  • Registration flier (NOTE: Please personalize this for your county before posting.)
  • Registration process documents: One version for staff registering members/participants, and another version for members/families to register themselves.
View the external website for general event information. Additional details will be posted following the State Ambassador retreat March 27-29, or as they are finalized. Please share this opportunity with youth in 6th grade through one year past high school.

Jacquie Lonning

State program director, citizenship & leadership

4-H BLU invoices sent

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Invoices for the 4-H BLU event have now been sent to all counties with a balance due. Check payments should be made following the steps outlined in the state citizenship and leadership events accounting procedure found on the YD Intranet.

Jacquie Lonning

State program director, citizenship & leadership

Just a reminder to county offices that the DNA submission deadline for market beef is only about three weeks away. If you have market beef exhibitors in your county that want to nominate market beef cattle for the 2015 Aksarben 4-H Livestock Show, they need to get DNA samples pulled and in to the county Extension office by April 15, 2015. County offices have until April 20 to forward them to the Aksarben office. If you have any questions, please email

Sharon Davis

Extension educator

4-H dog project updates

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The following three email messages have been sent to 4-H families enrolled in the 4-H dog project:

Dog agility judges seminar for current and prospective 4-H judges

This is a seminar for current judges and prospective judges in agility. 4-H dog project leaders or Extension personnel are welcome as auditors. It is NOT a seminar designed for younger 4-H members (though a youth leader in a county leadership position with interest in future judging would be welcome).

  • May 2-3, 2015
  • Rice County Fairgrounds, 1814 2nd Ave. NW, Faribault
  • Registration deadline: April 24, 2015
  • Additional information
Minnesota 4-H Dog Alumni Fun Match

All 4-H Dog Alumni and their dogs are invited!

  • May 3, 2015
  • Rice County Fairgrounds, 1814 2nd Ave. NW, Faribault, MN 55021
  • $4 for first class/dog, $3 for second class/dog
  • Pre-registration required
  • Additional information
Supersession: A Minnesota 4-H Dog Project Training Workshop

4-H dog owners bring their dogs to this training and networking workshop for youth age third grade and older, their families, trainers, potential trainers, youth and adult leaders.

  • 2015 Dog Supersession, June 13-14, 2015
  • Redwood County Fairgrounds, Redwood Falls, Minnesota
  • Pre-register by May 23, 2015
  • $30 per person for weekend, $20 per person for 1 day only
  • Additional information
Karen Nelson
Fairs and animal science programs

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