Peterson Announces Grant for U of M Extension to Support 4-H National Mentoring Program

Oct 29, 2014

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Minnesota Seventh District Congressman Collin C. Peterson today announced the National 4-H Council has awarded $215,000 to University of Minnesota Extension in support of the 4-H National Mentoring Program. The grant is part of the Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s national effort to strengthen, expand and implement youth mentoring activities to improve the lives of millions of young Americans.

“Growing up in rural Minnesota, I had the opportunity to take part in local 4-H programs,” Peterson said. “I’ve since been an active supporter of 4-H and have seen the benefits their programs can provide to our young men and women. This grant will allow 4-H to continue their good work in Minnesota.”

This grant will provide funding to facilitate 4-H mentoring programs in Minnesota, including Mahnomen County, to keep kids safe and prevent youth delinquency. These mentoring programs were developed in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Children, Youth and Families at Risk Program which sparks innovation in community-based educational programs for children, youth, parents and families.

As of 2013, the 4-H National Mentoring Program has served more than 31,000 youth. 4-H is the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, with programs benefitting six million young people through the 109 land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension in more than 3,000 local offices serving every county and parish in the United States.