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NW Region Youth Program Quality / Youth as Assessors

I would like to encourage you to become a youth assessor.  This pilot program is explained below and there is an attached flyer with information about the specific training that will take place on Saturday, March 25th.  This is an all-day training (so quite a commitment), but you won’t regret it.  You will come out of this training with a much better understanding of what quality programing for youth looks like.  But even more importantly, you will have a voice in the quality of our county 4-H program, meet youth from other counties and hopefully get involved in the regional and state levels of 4-H.  YOU MUST CONTACT MARI JO BY MARCH 7TH IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON ATTENDING THIS EVENT.

MN 4-H Youth as Assessors Project

The Minnesota 4-H study on program quality assessment, conducted in 2009-2010, began with a dilemma.  Why would youth programs, places that espouse the potential and capacity of young people as active contributors to their learning and community, ignore the idea of involving youth in one of the biggest issues in programs today – improving program quality? 

Purpose of Pilot Project
● To extend the capacity beyond staff to regularly use the YPQA tool and practices as a part of the 4-H program by partnering with young people and adult volunteers.
● To create new models for how to engage youth in the YPQA process to focus on and improve program quality at the local level.
● To design sustainable ways to keep focused on program quality improvement that are replicable
● To explore a variety of ways youth can take leadership in a process to improve the 4H program.



Mari Jo Lohmeier
County 4-H Program Coordinator
(218) 732-3391
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