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Mentors and mentees find community of peers at 4-H Mentoring Weekend

Many of us had parents or other adults in our lives who made a difference. We had someone we could count on for wise advice and a listening ear – maybe an older sibling, a teacher or a 4-H leader. Often kids may be searching for guidance and support but they lack strong role models. That’s where 4-H Youth Mentoring comes in. The program matches caring individuals with young people to provide support, friendship, reinforcement and constructive examples.

For the sixth year, an event took place that helps to strengthen the youth mentoring community across Michigan. More than 90 participants congregated at Kettunen Center in Tustin July 19‒21 to take part in 4-H Mentoring Weekend. Michigan State University Extension 4-H mentoring educator Scott Lakin and Extension program instructor Dequindre Bell co-chaired the event under the leadership of campus staff Lisa Bottomley, senior Extension specialist, and Molly Frendo, associate program leader.

Senior Extension educator Barb Duvall and Extension educator Frank Cox led mentors and mentees from around the state in activities focused on financial literacy at this camp-style weekend themed “Making Cents for Life.”

In addition, participants explored conservation education, science literacy, service learning and healthy living. Mentoring partners strengthened their relationships through fun and interactive activities both indoors and outdoors, taking advantage of Kettunen Center’s beautiful setting on Center Lake.

Other Extension staff members who helped out with the event included Danielle Abrams, Kea Boyd, Barb Brow, Jessica Cotton, Lizz Duran, Susan Fenton, Derrick Harrison, Lisa Kelley, Jennifer Lasslett, Aaron Lawrence, Kim Lewis, Anetria Rhodes, B’Onko Sadler, Edward Scott, Katie Sosin, Barb Steele and Scott Victor.

Besides the learning and the fun, 4-H Mentoring Weekend provides both mentors and mentored youth with a community of peers who share their experiences.

To get an idea of the exciting atmosphere at the event, watch the following kid-produced video from the 4-H Mentoring Weekend Press Corp: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-wnodtXCYg&feature=youtu.be

All I can say is “Jell-O Wars!”

Find photos of the event on Michigan 4-H Youth Mentoring’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/michigan4hyouthmentoring.

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Health and Nutrition staffers educate at D-Town Farm Harvest Festival

Salsa-making demonstration

MSU Extension program instructor Amanda Kruse shows community members how to make black bean and corn salsa at D-Town Farm’s Harvest Festival Sept. 22, 2012, in Detroit, Mich.

Getting out among Michigan residents at a large event proves an effective way for Michigan State University Extension educators and staff members to share their expertise. Health and Nutrition Institute Wayne County staff members served as a resource for nutrition and food safety information at the Sixth Annual D-Town Farm Harvest Festival in Detroit Sept. 22 and 23.

Derrick Harrison, program associate (Detroit Central office), Charles Jackson, program associate (YouthVille office), Karla Jackson, program instructor (Western Wayne office), and Amanda Kruse, program instructor and registered dietitian (Lincoln Park office), engaged community members in food demonstrations and spoke out about the importance of eating a variety of foods in moderation, modifying recipes, fitting in physical activity, stretching food dollars and keeping foods safe. They demonstrated making black bean and corn salsa and southwestern black-eyed peas and corn.

The festival also included farm tours, children’s activities and “learn-shops” on bee keeping, breastfeeding, gardening, composting and a variety of other topics. Community members also enjoyed live music and heard a variety of speakers. The shopped the farm stand and other vendors. The festival featured health and food authors available in an author’s tent for book signings.

D-Town Farm’s Harvest Festival allows community members to get engaged in the urban agriculture movement happening in their own backyard, specifically D-Town Farm, the 7-acre urban farm located in Rouge Park in Detroit. Read more about D-Town Farm here.

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