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The Faces of Iowa 4-H: Marisue Hartung

Name: Marisue Hartung

Current Position: Youth Program Specialist

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

Education: Undergraduate Degree in Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Master’s degree in Social work from the University of Iowa.

Past Work Experiences: Worked as a VISTA volunteer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, The Boys and Girls Club, and the public radio station WOI.

Hobbies/Interests: Walking, visiting friends, reading and listening to books while traveling, gardening, and going to sporting events.

Ultimate Goal in 4-H: To continue learning about 4-H and to help the counties have the best opportunities so that youth can continue to learn and grow!

Marisue Hartung has been working as the Youth Program specialist for Jasper, Mahaska, Marion and Poweshiek counties for almost 5 years. She has a long background in youth development and strongly believes in helping kids become leaders. While talking she mentioned that after working with other programs she liked that 4-H offered opportunities to kids in the rural and urban areas because everyone should have the chance to get involved. Marisue represents the State 4-H office and helps counties with knowledge of the policies, practices and procedures. She offers information and training, and brings back questions and concerns to the state office.

During our conversation I realized that she basically helps make sure everything is running smoothly and promotes new ideas and plans. What she enjoys most is going to the club meetings and getting to see the 4-H members doing a presentation. “The planning between the leaders, parents and the youth is great to see and it makes everything worth it”, she says. She also discussed how it is really cool to see counties working together and sharing ideas to have the best possible programs for the members.

What does 4-H mean to Marisue?

It means a unique opportunity for youth that allows them to gain skills and challenge themselves.


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