B the ‘E’ goes to Barbados

In March 2008, two 4-H educators from the Caribbean island nation of Barbados, Zonia Phillips of 4-H and the Barbados Diabetes Association and Carmen Dardano de Newman of 4-H and food and nutrition officer of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, attended a one-day youth entrepreneurship training led by Sheila Urban Smith, Erica Tobe and Laura Allen. The two were so impressed that they asked for a training to be held in their country. Last week Laura Allen, Michigan State University Extension 4-H Youth Development career education coordinator, and Sara Keinath, MSUE Wexford County 4-H/Youth Extension educator, taught 35 school teachers who are also 4-H Afterschool club leaders Be the “E” Entrepreneurship 4-H career education curriculum in Barbados. All of the teachers received a set of Be the “E” National 4-H curriculum. (Laura flew the curriculum there as her second piece of luggage. You know, if I had known, I would have been happy to come along to carry the luggage!) Laura and Sara’s two-day workshop on entrepreneurship was part of a 10-day training focused on “Using the Garden as a Teaching Tool” as part of the Nutrition/Food Security Master Garden Program in Barbados.

Carmen Dardano de Newman (left) & Zonia Phillips at 2008 training

 And you may remember in last’s week’s Spotlight, I mentioned that the New York Times Magazine covered Alexandra Reau, daughter of Brenda Reau Monroe County Extension educator and Mark Reau, who started her own business growing produce. As it happens,

The timing of this article could not have been better. Laura and Sara shared the story aloud in their class last Thursday. The teachers/4-H Afterschool club leaders and youth attending the workshop loved hearing Alexandra’s story and responded with cheers and applause. Given the topic of the workshop, you can imagine how inspiring this story was for the participants.

Sara Keinath (left) and Laura Allen in Barbados

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