4-H Clubs from Dodge and Hennepin Counties Receive 2019 Community Youth Leadership Awards

The Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) has honored two Minnesota 4-H projects for their contributions and service to communities. These projects, driven by youth across Minnesota, truly make a big difference and respond to real community needs in the state.    Each year, AMC in partnership with the University of Minnesota Extension, awards Community Leadership Awards at the annual AMC Legislative Conference. Each project is recognized based on responding to real community needs and demonstrating broad participation by youth in the design and implementation.  Each winning club receives $500.  The awards were presented February 14, 2019, by Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) president Scott Schulte, an Anoka County Commissioner.  (Photos below)


“Creating Community Cultural Awareness” DC Pumas 4H Club - Dodge County

The DC Pumas 4H Club from Dodge County was recognized for their collective work on “Community Project Cultural Exposure.” With the mission to teach others about their culture, the club members worked with parents to learn and make presentations about important Hispanic traditions, such as Day of the Dead and Las Posadas as well as Alebrijes and artwork. They made a series of presentations and displays for Triton Schools and community members. As they worked together, the club learned more about their cultural background while also inspiring educated awareness in others. 


“Is This Justice? Juvenile VS. Restorative Justice” Franklin Library 4H Club – Hennepin County

The Franklin Library 4H Club from Hennepin County was recognized for their project, called: “Is this Justice: Juvenile Justice vs. Restorative Justice.” Due to first-hand experience with the juvenile justice system, the club members were motivated to talk with community leaders and organizations about alternatives. They created and implemented a presentation that taught about restorative justice practices for a total audience of over 75 youth and educators and received provided positive feedback for well-researched information as well as learning activities.

Congratulations to this year's winners!

Do you have a special community project that you have worked on in your 4-H club or in a smaller project group in your county? If YES....consider applying for this award!  The Extension Committee of the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) will select two projects that will each receive $500.

Every year, the Extension Committee of the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) selects two 4-H club projects to receive awards of $500, in recognition for their contributions and service to their communities. These projects must have responded to real community needs, have had a great impact, and been driven by youth.

To recognize 4-H clubs and other organized 4-H youth development programs for outstanding contributions and service to their local communities.


  • The service or leadership project must be organized by a recognized 4-H club or other recognized 4-H youth development program.
  • Project must engage multiple members of the 4-H club or group and not just a few individuals or families.
  • Project must have responded to real community need(s).
  • Project must have been active and had impact during the 2018 calendar year.
  • Youth must be involved in significant leadership roles in the project, including in the selection of the project.
  • Project must demonstrate impact.

Application materials required:

  • AMC 4-H Community Leadership Award Application Cover Page form (see application form)
  • Summary of your project (see application form)
  • Letter of support from a county commissioner or other community leader verifying he completion and effectiveness of the project
  • (Optional) Copies of any additional support materials such as a more detailed description of the project, photographs, newspaper clippings, etc. Be selective.
  • Completed application packet 
  • Look for materials in Fall 2019.

Submit by email attachment, postal service or fax to:

AMC - Heather Bandeen
125 Charles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55103-2108
Phone: 651-789-4341 FAX: 1-651-224-6540 

Please contact Heather with questions anytime.

Awards Event

The awards will be presented during the AMC Legislative Conference in February each year in St. Paul.  Four members of each winning project will be invited to the event to receive the award. One youth is typically asked to make a few brief comments when accepting the award. The AMC Award is a great opportunity for counties and regions to recognize its 4-H members.

Questions? Contact Heather Bandeen at hbandeen@mncounties.org or 1-651-789-4341.