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After working with 4-H Extension for the past three months my views on the organization have changed a lot. I remember stating that I originally thought 4-H was for farm kids, but I was beginning to realize all of the opportunities available to youth. However, I had no idea what I was about to learn and the experiences I was about to get. As you can see from my previous blogs I have met with and gotten to know many of the staff members. My interviews with them have been wonderful and they have really helped me understand each aspect of the programs and how much really goes into the success of Iowa 4-H. It has been incredible to see how hard people work and the amount of determination they have to better the organization and give youth the best opportunities possible.

While all of my experiences this semester have been great I really enjoyed visiting the 4-H center. The center made me feel energetic and happy and it got me excited that there are still camps like this for kids. I also really enjoyed volunteering with the Clover Kids program. I helped out in Gilbert and Boone, and I loved the activities we did with the younger children. Even though 4-H has a target age group, there are opportunities for people of all ages which is what I like the most. Everyone works together, plays together and believes in each other in 4-H. I am so glad that I get to keep exploring different areas of Iowa 4-H next semester and so far this experience has been one of the best times of my life!


Erika Pletcher


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