Honored for dedicated and outstanding community education, Carol Ehlers, Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Field Specialist in Northwest Iowa was awarded the Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Director's Award recently at the 2008 Extension Awards Convocation in Ames. From crop scouts, to robotics to consumer management, Ehlers of Storm Lake was honored for innovative program development and reaching new audiences through 4-H Clubs.
Ehlers received the award for her contributions to clientele through dedication to duty and significant contributions to the mission of ISU Extension over time. For 23 years her service to Iowa youth ranged from securing $50,000 in 1995 Workforce Preparation grants to leading on National ECOP and Tri-State 4-H Club Expansion initiatives to staff leadership for a new Northwest Iowa 4-H Technology Team. Her passion is to provide resources and learning experiences preparing youth for future careers through 4-H Clubs. Her impact data demonstrates expansion of youth and family career skills, increased adult education efforts, and enhanced business partnerships.
The financial award was presented by Jack Payne, Vice President for Extension and Outreach during the annual convocation ceremony. As a result of the honor, Carol and Brent Ehlers have established the Iowa 4-H Club Growth Legacy Fund through the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Tax deductable contributions in support of youth education will provide communities with funds to strengthen and grow 4-H Clubs. Iowa 4-H Foundation Director, Joe Leisz, located at the Extension 4-H Youth Building, Iowa State University, Ames may be contacted for more information by calling, 515-294-1537. Leisz said, "We're excited about the opportunity for giving that strengthens our community 4-H Club efforts led by 4-H'ers, their leaders and parents."