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4-H Summer Engagement: Helping Youth Discover their Spark to Increase Learning

River Valley District 4-H
River Valley District 4-H

The River Valley District is offering a summer full of exciting educational opportunities.

Kansas 4-H Youth Development has collaborated with the Kansas Department of Education to provide hands-on summer learning opportunities that were lost as a result of COVID-19.  This summer, there are 90 interns employed through the Extension 4-H Summer Engagement Grant program.

Macy Hynek, River Valley District 4-H Youth Development Agent, says research shows that positive youth development improves youth's social and emotional skills, attitudes, and academic performance, while seeing reduction in internalizing symptoms and risky behavior.

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The River Valley District is fortunate to have hired four Summer Engagement Interns again this year (Tiffani Allerheiligen, Corley Becker, Megan Beier, and Bricen Benyshek), and each of them are playing a big part in providing learning opportunities to youth across all four counties of the River Valley District.

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One unique feature of the River Valley District's summer programming is that it is available to all youth, not just 4-Hers.

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Hynek tells us about some of the activities being offered this year.

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If you would like more information, please contact Hynek at mhynek@ksu.edu or at (785) 527-5084.