Wisconsin 4-H Afterschool programs receive $13,000 from JC Penney

Contact: JulieAnn Stawicki, (608) 262-8359 or julieann.stawicki@ces.uwex.edu

Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development has a chance to develop or expand afterschool programs in 11 counties around the state, thanks to a $13,000 grant from the JC Penney Round Up for Afterschool program. The grant will be distributed to 4-H afterschool programs in Buffalo, Crawford, Fond du Lac, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Menominee, Sheboygan, Trempealeau, Washburn and Winnebago Counties.

“Grants will be given to programs to help youth build important life skills through learning about nutrition, healthy live choices, science and technology,” says Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development Afterschool Specialist JulieAnn Stawicki. “Each of the programs promotes quality youth development by offering positive supportive relationships with adults and opportunities for youth to contribute to their communities.” The afterschool programs will mostly serve children in grades K-5.

Programs in Iron, Lincoln and Menominee Counties will address nutrition and food security with afterschool education that focuses on community gardening; educators in Crawford and Trempealeau Counties will include nutrition and healthy living lessons in their afterschool settings. Buffalo, Crawford, Langlade and Trempealeau Counties will also offer opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming like rocketry and robotics.

Some programs will begin in the summer of 2013, and the rest will continue through the following school year. To learn more about the JC Penney Round Up for Afterschool program, visit http://jcpenneyafterschool.org/. More information about Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development afterschool opportunities is available at http://4h.uwex.edu/afterschool/index.cfm.

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Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development is a program of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension in partnership with state, federal and county government in each Wisconsin county.

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