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August 19, 2008

Final Entry for Summer 2008


I know that many of you have completed your summer intern experience. Thank you for sharing your time and talents with the 4-H Youth Development program. We were very fortunate to have very skilled individuals working with youth throughout the state this summer.

I have enjoyed sharing a question with you each week. It was good to read your comments. I would also appreciate any suggestions on how to improve the blog for future years. Thanks so much to my colleagues Abby and Sam for helping me with this blog experience, as it was the first time I had developed one and learned a lot through the process.

I hope that many of you will enjoy some time at the MN State Fair during the next 12 days. I will be at the fair most of next week, so if you get a chance, stop by the 4-H Building and say hi. Please also know that we will be searching for talented young people to work with the 4-H program in 2009, so look for application information in January.

Best of luck in the future,

Nancy Hegland

August 11, 2008

New Audiences

Hello interns! This is Samantha Grant posting again while Nancy is out enjoying a week of vacation. I hope you are enjoying the end of your internships. It looks like the comments have been winding down—even when we were talking about food! I’m sure you are all very busy with county fairs upon us, but I would like you to take a moment to think about the wonderful people that you’ve worked with over the summer. Through the summer intern program, we are able to bring 4-H experiences to new audiences. Your passion and drive help us to provide quality programming for youth who maybe have never heard about 4-H, and we thank you for this. So the question for this week, what new youth did you introduce to 4-H?

You are all making a difference in the lives of youth- and that impact will be felt long after your internship is over.

August 5, 2008

August 5th - Fair Food


Since many of you have wrapped up County Fair experiences or may be in the thick of it this week, I thought I would take one week to discuss a very important topic - Fair Food. This week is the Dakota County Fair, which happens to be the same site as my office. Just this afternoon, one of my colleagues asked if I had already eaten or if I would like to go for a walk and have some fair food. I had already had lunch, but was glad to go for a walk with her. As we stopped to talk with other office colleagues, the main topic seemed to be the food and the best place to get that food item. My friend Lisa chose a Bratwurst, which was recommended to her four years ago, when we moved to the Farmington Regional Office. She makes sure that she has at least one each year. Other "hot food" items included corn on the cob, donuts, cheese curds, and anything from the bakery. I was glad I left my money in the office. Don't worry, I will be back later in the week to have a pork chop on a stick.

The one food item I must have at the MN State Fair is a foot-long hotdog from the corner stand near the Coliseum. It is usually the only food that I have to have each year. I do like the ice cream from the dairy building, but it is not the first stop.

Question of the week - What fair food is your favorite?

I will be on vacation next week, so Samantha Grant, Extension Educator from the Rochester Regional Office will be posting the question of the week.

Have a great week!


Can't Get Enough?

Hello Interns!

My name is Samantha Grant, and I work in the Rochester office. Right now we are recruiting for an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow to start sometime around August 15th. If any of you are recent graduates and would like to continue to work with 4-H, please get in touch with me. I have provided the position description with additional information. Also, please share this with any friends that you may have! Thanks!

Promise Fellow Position Description
Minnesota Americorps Promise Fellow
Position Description

Promise Fellow-Center for Youth Development
Site Based 4-H Club Development – Positive Out of School Time
Center for Youth Development, University of Minnesota Extension

St Cloud Rochester Duluth
St Cloud Regional Center Rochester Regional Center Govt. Service Center
3400 First St.N Suite 400 863 30th Avenue SE 320 W Second Street
St. Cloud, MN 56303 Rochester, MN 55904 Duluth, MN 55801-1495

Anita Harris, St Cloud, Extension Educator, 320 203-6106
Samantha Grant, Extension Educator, 507 536-6302
Rebecca Meyer, Extension Educator, 218 726-6467

Provide opportunities for youth to experience quality relationships and develop lifelong skills:
 Work with school-community partnership team to design and develop site based 4-H clubs in the St Cloud, Rochester or Duluth area, which are aimed at increasing the quantity and quality of out of school time learning opportunities. These programs will reach at least 25 youth (5th-9th grade), who will experience academic gains, demonstrated by a .5 increase in GPA over one year.
 Be a key point of contact for site-based 4-H youth development programs who want to become engaged in the five promises and secure related commitments.
 Work closely with teachers and the school-community partnership team to develop best local strategies for closing the achievement gap, including how community volunteers will help address the needs of targeted youth.
 Engage youth in at least 20 hours of civic engagement activities during the year.
 Recruit, support, and train community volunteers, including family members to work with youth members.
 Work with their supervisor and the school-community partnership team to document key contacts and learning’s from program implementation and related evaluations.

Fulfill requirements and adhere to the provisions of the Minnesota AmeriCorps Promise Fellow Program as specified in related documents that will be provided to the Fellow.

Participate in creating an Individual Development Plan and participate in resulting development activities within AmeriCorps Promise Fellow guidelines and requirements.

• 18 years or older
• A U.S. citizen
• Able to serve in a full time position (e.g., not a full time student or working elsewhere full time)
• Interested in serving youth, the community, and non-profit work
• We are committed to recruiting and engaging individuals without regard to disability, gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation

• Associate or Bachelor degree in community or youth development, education, or related field.
• Strong oral and written communication skills.
• Volunteer experience and desire to develop a strong ethic of service.
• Experience working collaboratively with youth.
• Commitment to positive youth development.
• Able to deal effectively with multiple tasks and competing deadlines.
• Self motivated, capable of effectively working independently without daily supervision.
• Has initiative to see and follow through with “next steps? that will need to be taken.
• Able to present oneself in a highly professional manner and be an ambassador for the program.

August 15, 2008 – August 14, 2009
Promise Fellow must complete 1700 hours of service over a one year period.

Living Allowance - $12,000
Educational Award upon Successful Completion - $ 4,725
Heath Insurance
Qualified Student Loan Deferment
On going, extensive Professional Development

Anita Harris, St Cloud, 320 203-6106
Samantha Grant, Rochester, 507 536-6302
Rebecca Meyer, Duluth, 218 726-6467