Iron County, University of Wisconsin Extension will, along with community partners and adult volunteers, engage youth in creative, research-based youth development programs designed to develop life skills, promote healthy eating, and lifestyle choices including physical activity.
School age youth grades 3 -12 and adult volunteers in Iron County, Wisconsin.
Summer Program Highlights
Summer program coordinators will work with the summer youth development programming team to deliver three programs: 4-H TrailBlazer program, Iron County Summer Youth Camp, and 4-H CloverBud Day Camps.
1) The 4-H TrailBlazer program focuses on healthy lifestyle habits of exercise and nutrition while learning about the county and developing an appreciation for the natural assets available throughout the region. Twice a week youth in grades 6-8 will meet from 9 am – 4 pm for bike riding, hiking, and exploration of the natural resources available to Iron County residents. This position will plan environmental education lessons to be delivered at sites around the county. The TrailBlazer program is also linked to the Iron County Summer Youth Outpost Camp that is held the second week in July. This camp program includes biking and canoeing and the TrailBlazer program allows youth to build endurance and strength to participate fully in the Outpost Camp experience.
2) The summer program coordinator will assist with the planning of the summer camp program that is open to all youth in grades 3-5 in Iron County schools. Camp is attended by eighty-five youth and is led by a staff of thirty high school students and about fifteen adult volunteers. The summer program coordinator is responsible for planning sessions for daily rotations (educational activities appropriate for an outdoor camp environment).
3) Work with other summer staff to plan two weeks of 4-H Summer CloverBud camps. This includes healthy eating, STEM, physical activity, and arts and crafts. CloverBud camps create an environment where youth feel they belong and are accepted, they learn to mastery skills, gain a sense of independence, and work to build a feeling of generosity. These are the four essential elements of 4-H youth development.
4) Plan and supervise Iron County Summer Outpost Camp. This is a summer camp experience for youth in grades 6-8. It involves tent camping, meal preparation, leadership training and outdoor recreation such as biking, hiking, and canoeing.
5) Assist with Iron County Fair 4-H fundraising efforts, fair project judging, and at-fair activities for youth.
Summer Assistant Activities and Responsibilities
- Serve as a member of the Iron County UW-Extension Youth Development summer programs team.
- Work cooperatively with other summer associates and volunteers to plan and present 4-H youth program sessions.
- Organize lesson plans, materials, resource, and people for 4-H youth program sessions.
- Recruit high school youth and adults to serve as program volunteers where needed.
- Keep records of youth enrollments and prepare information needed for reporting outcomes.
- Evaluate program effectiveness.
- Ability to clearly communicate with adults and youth both verbally and in writing.
- Ability to work effectively as a team member and independently.
- Leadership skills that motivate others to contribute their best to a program.
- Licensed driver and a personal car for transportation. This rural area requires travel to work sites. Mileage reimbursement is provided from the base office to work sites.
- Clearance for law enforcement background check and completion of 4-H Youth Protection certification.
- Summer housing is available if needed (at a lower cost).
Iron County University of Wisconsin Extension 300 Taconite Street Hurley, Wisconsin 54534 Website
Number of Position Openings: 2