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Douglas County 4-H teen receives national award for helping other youth

Posted 5/2/2007

John-Henry Lambin, a 14-year-old 4-H member from Gardnerville, has faced challenges from living with dyslexia and asthma, but that hasn't stopped him from setting goals and reaching them. Among his goals is his desire to help other youth. So, Lambin founded "Kids Extreme," an organization that helps kids with dyslexia and other problems to succeed. Lambin was recognized with a national award for community service from the Dr. Pepper Company in Reno in September.

Lambin started the program two years ago, as part of the 4-H Kids Helping Kids Club in Gardnerville, a program of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. He made public service announcements to increase awareness about disabilities that have aired on various television stations. Lambin's efforts have also been featured on the Disney Channel's "Check this Kid Out," and in Sports Illustrated Magazine's "Faces in the Crowd."

Lambin has overcome his challenges. He is home-schooled, but is currently also taking 19 credits at Western Nevada Community College. He is an avid tennis player and member of the Kirkwood Ski Team. In fact, he and his older brother, Jeff, who nominated John-Henry for the award, are training in hopes of earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team, as a two-man bobsled team.

"At Kirkwood, he also works with kids that have a fear that they can't do the sport because they will get hurt," Lambin's mother, Debbie, explains.

John-Henry received a scholarship for himself and a monetary award for his favorite charity - University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's 4-H program of Douglas County.

For more information on 4-H programs, contact the Douglas County Cooperative Extension office at 775-782-9960; 775-784-4848 in Washoe County; or 775-887-2252 in Carson City and Storey County.

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