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November 3, 2017 - Filed Under: 4-H, Leadership and Citizenship, Keys to the Community

Elected officials recently helped Port Gibson High School students get a better grasp on local government through a new 4-H citizenship program.

Thirty-four 4-H’ers learned leadership skills when they toured four co-ops as part of the 2016 Cooperative Business Leadership Conference. Here, Jonathan Pannell, left, of Alcorn County, and Thomas Heck of Hancock County examine cotton samples at Staplcotn in Greenwood. (Submitted Photo/Lauren Revel)
July 25, 2016 - Filed Under: 4-H, Ambassador Program, Leadership

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A group of 34 elite 4-H’ers toured part of northeast Mississippi July 18-21 learning about leadership and business cooperatives.

The first-place winners in the senior level of 4-H competition at this year’s 4-H Club Congress, state 4-H Ambassadors and the state 4-H Council officers participated in the 2016 Cooperative Business Leadership Conference. Mississippi State University was home base for the group as they took a bus tour to Mayhew, West Point, Greenville and Greenwood.

This is an image of Anna Hughes, a field technical assistant with the Early Years Network helped with post-tornado child care at a Red Cross Shelter in Louisville, MS in May, 2014.
October 16, 2015 - Filed Under: Disaster Response-Youth, Family Dynamics

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- One of the most difficult tasks a parent or provider will face is guiding children through the grief and instability brought on by tragedy.

Natural disasters, terrorism, mass shootings, deaths of loved ones, or acts of domestic or physical violence are traumatic for everyone. When faced with these events, children and adults alike experience feelings of fear, helplessness and anxiety. However, children have very little, if any, experience in properly dealing with those feelings.

Preschoolers and workers practice together during a tornado drill at the Mississippi State University Child Development and Family Studies Center on July 16, 2014. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
July 17, 2014 - Filed Under: Disaster Response-Youth, Disaster Preparedness, Family

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Teachers, students and parents need to be on the same page when disasters happen during school hours.

Ryan Akers, assistant Extension professor of community preparation and disaster management at Mississippi State University, said basic plans can make a huge difference for everyone involved when emergencies occur.

“Emergency plans are becoming more important to schools, and not just the traditional fire and tornado drills,” Akers said. “Schools are gathering supplies and working on extensive communication plans to help everyone involved.”

Gina Carr, a Mississippi State University Extension Service staff member with the Mississippi Child Care Resource and Referral Network, keeps 3-year-old Brandily Haynes engaged while his family is in the American Red Cross Shelter at First Baptist Church in Louisville, Mississippi, on May 1, 2014.  (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
May 2, 2014 - Filed Under: Disaster Response-Youth, Disaster Preparedness, Family, Children and Parenting

LOUISVILLE – Long before the dark clouds rolled across the state on April 28, the Mississippi State University Extension Service had been prepared to provide a silver lining for children displaced by disaster.

Louise Davis, Extension professor of child and family development, said “safe spaces” are set up at shelters in Tupelo and Louisville. Extension staff with the Mississippi Child Care Resource and Referral Network will oversee these sites.

Lowndes County Extension agent Sharon Patrick (left) provides safety support for Oktibbeha County Extension agent Julie White during training for the Mississippi Youth Preparedness Initiative at Mississippi State University. Monticello Mayor Dave Nichols, a Citizens Corps trainer, is supervising the hands-on lesson on Aug. 4, 2012. (File photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
April 23, 2014 - Filed Under: Disaster Response-Youth, Family

By Brittnie Burton
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Learning opportunities for teens do not end when school lets out for the summer in communities across Mississippi.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is recruiting students in six counties for the inaugural Mississippi Youth Preparedness Initiative, or MyPI.

Lance McElhenny, a Mississippi State University sophomore from West Point, tells 4-H'ers about his eight year career in the Marine Corps, including two tours of duty as an infantry rifleman in Iraq. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Keri Collins Lewis)
October 29, 2013 - Filed Under: 4-H, Collegiate 4-H, Family

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Two groups known for their dedication to others met recently to talk about healthy living and community service.

Students from the Mississippi State University G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Center for American Veterans joined the Controllers Generation II 4-H Club in Oktibbeha County for a tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces and a celebration of healthy living.

Stedmond Ware
April 5, 2013 - Filed Under: 4-H, Collegiate 4-H, Family

By Kaitlyn Byrne
MSU Office of Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi State University graduate student Stedmond Ware has lived out the 4-H motto, “To make the best better,” from high school all the way to graduate school.

Ware said he joined 4-H during his freshman year of high school and won a variety of awards in photography contests and art exhibitions, but his most meaningful experiences involved his service with 4-H P.R.I.D.E., a group geared toward teaching youth about interpersonal relationships, diversity and teamwork.

Paula Threadgill, associate director of the Mississippi State University Extension Service, left, and MSU Alumni Association National President Camille Scales Young take time to catch up on 4-H activities during a break in meetings on campus Feb. 1. Threadgill provides leadership for the Mississippi 4-H program, and Young serves on the 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
February 14, 2013 - Filed Under: 4-H, Collegiate 4-H, Family

MISSISSIPPI STATE – "Next to my family and my faith, 4-H has had the biggest influence on my life," said Camille Scales Young, national president of the Mississippi State University Alumni Association representing more than 125,000 alumni worldwide.

As a third generation 4-H’er, Young was a member of the Countyline 4-H Club in Lee County. Her projects included nutrition, public speaking and clothing selection/construction.

Lowndes County 4-H agent Sharon Patrick (left) provides safety support for Oktibbeha County Extension director Julie White during training for the Mississippi Youth Preparedness Initiative on Aug. 4, 2012, at Mississippi State University. Monticello Mayor Dave Nichols, the only Citizens Corps trainer qualified to certify trainers in Mississippi, supervises the hands-on lesson. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
August 9, 2012 - Filed Under: Disaster Response-Youth, Community, Disaster Preparedness

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi teens can soon be trained in disaster preparedness in their communities, something usually done by only a small percentage of adults.

Mississippi State University’s Extension Service is certifying trainers for the Mississippi Youth Preparedness Initiative, or MyPI. One goal is to teach teenagers how they can help themselves, their families, and their communities prepare for and respond to disasters.

Ryan Akers
August 18, 2011 - Filed Under: Disaster Response-Youth, Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Response

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A Mississippi State University Extension Service assistant professor will help the university and organizations around the state prepare for disaster situations.

May 5, 2011 - Filed Under: Disaster Response-Youth, Family, Children and Parenting

MISSISSIPPI STATE – The Mississippi River is predicted to reach historic flood levels this spring, and families can help their children by planning together for potential evacuations.

Mississippi State University Extension Service experts advise parents to take steps to prepare their children physically and emotionally so they can better deal with the challenges of being displaced from home.

Paula Threadgill
February 24, 2011 - Filed Under: 4-H, Collegiate 4-H, About Extension

MISSISSIPPI STATE – When Paula Threadgill became leader of Family and Consumer Sciences for the Mississippi State University Extension Service, she decided to tackle the state’s obesity problem.

Threadgill was named state leader of the Extension Service arm of Family and Consumer Sciences, or FCS, on Jan. 1. She had been filling the role on an interim basis since April 2010. She is also an Extension professor.

Looking over their winning application for national recognition are Mississippi State University Collegiate 4-H'ers, from left, Savannah Duckworth of New Albany, Stuart Wright of Columbus, Brittany Reed of Greenwood and Shad Benn of Hattiesburg. (Photo by Scott Corey)
March 25, 2010 - Filed Under: 4-H, Collegiate 4-H, Family

By Patti Drapala
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A group of Mississippi State University students has spent two years breathing life into the inactive chapter of Collegiate 4-H on campus, and for those doing the hard work, recognition from the National Collegiate 4-H organization feels great.

Bagging sweet potatoes as part of a service project at the annual meeting of southeastern Collegiate 4-H chapters at Mississippi State University are, from left, Antoine Jefferson, of the University of Georgia, Melanie Skaggs of Oklahoma State University, Sam Zarovy of Georgia Institute of Technology and Jonathan Jackson of Mississippi State University. (Photo by Scott Corey)
November 24, 2009 - Filed Under: Collegiate 4-H, Community

By Patti Drapala
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – The holidays will be sweeter for food pantry patrons after Collegiate 4-H members from across the Southeast bagged more than 30,000 pounds of sweet potatoes at Mississippi State University’s annual drop for the Mississippi Food Network.

Mississippi State University Collegiate 4-H member Billy Hudson, 19, of Greenwood tries his hand at grilling during one of the club's recent football tailgates. While club members often get together to socialize, they make community service a priority. (Photo by Patti Drapala)
November 12, 2009 - Filed Under: Collegiate 4-H, Family

By Patti Drapala
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi State University students who did not participate in 4-H at the county level have a chance to join the collegiate version of an organization that nurtures leadership and teamwork.

October 15, 2009 - Filed Under: Collegiate 4-H

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Two years of hard work and commitment to reactivate Mississippi State University’s 4-H chapter paid off when the Southern Region Collegiate 4-H selected the club to host its 2009 annual conference.

Representatives of collegiate 4-H clubs from 13 states will take part in workshops and participate in several service projects.

October 13, 2005 - Filed Under: 4-H, Disaster Response-Youth

By Hannah Watts

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Three tractor-trailer loads of supplies are North Carolina 4-H members' way of joining the Mississippi 4-H efforts to help the state's youngest residents struggling to rebuild their lives after Hurricane Katrina.

September 22, 2005 - Filed Under: Disaster Response-Youth

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Grants are available to Mississippi youth wanting to repair environmental damage caused by Hurricane Katrina or for other nature projects that will promote pride in their communities.

Community Pride is a grants and awards program sponsored by the ChevronTexaco Companies and administered by Mississippi State University's Extension Service. The environmental improvement program has been in existence for more than 30 years.

May 26, 2005 - Filed Under: Leadership and Citizenship

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A leadership training opportunity is bringing Oktibbeha County residents together to identify needs and make improvements in their community.

Lady Cox participated in The Forum: Oktibbeha County Leadership Development, a program that taps into the talents and skills of a diverse group of local citizens to evoke positive community change. Cox, a local realtor, said The Forum leadership training taught her how to build consensus and achieve synergy in a community.

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