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Nevada 4-H Youth Development awarded $25,000 grant

Posted 2/23/2011

Nevada 4-H Youth Development was recently awarded a $25,000 Engaging Youth, Serving Community (EYSC) grant from the National 4-H Council and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The EYSC grant was awarded based on a proposal to promote youth leadership in Nevada communities, submitted by State 4-H and Youth Development Coordinator Stephen Schafer and Southern Lyon County 4-H Program Manager Jessica Angle.

The grant will help develop youth programming in communities throughout Lyon, Mineral and Washoe counties as well as the Yerington and Pyramid Lake Paiute tribes. Angle feels that the grant will supplement existing 4-H leadership programs, and help encourage youth civic engagement in other regions.

“The grant will provide an opportunity for youth to fulfill a more active role in the community,” Angle said. “We are seeking to form youth/adult partnerships that will cultivate leadership skills and strengthen youth involvement in community affairs.”

Nevada 4-H already offers several programs that foster youth leadership, including the Capitol Days program. Capitol Days allows participants to tour the Legislative Building, meet with their state representatives and learn about the issues representatives are discussing. Angle feels that supporting youth leadership is a critical investment for the future.

“Youth are our future,” Angle said. “We are all stakeholders in the community, including the younger generation. By investing in youth, we are investing in our communities as well.”

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