O’Rourke, Grenawalt Honored by 4-H Youth Development Professionals

A team of Wisconsin 4-H Extension colleagues were recognized at the 2016 Wisconsin Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals annual awards and recognition banquet on Tuesday, April 19th at the Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells.

Bernie O’Rourke, Extension Youth Livestock Specialist, UW-Madison, Alissa Grenawalt, Extension Outreach Specialist, UW-Madison, were recognized for winning the Educational Technology Team Award.  This award recognizes excellence use of technology (such as computers, video, satellite, web pages, etc.) in delivering or managing educational programs, expanding use of technology education in 4-H, or promoting logical problem-solving techniques using educational technologies.

Award winners
Bernie O’Rourke, Extension Youth Livestock Specialist, and Alissa Grenawalt, Extension Outreach Specialist. Photo:WAE4-HYDP

Their program has focused on using relevant technology to reach out to Wisconsin families who are involved in 4-H and other youth livestock organizations and keeping them abreast of project related updates, opportunities and other information.  From 2002 to 2010, much of the outreach and information sharing of upcoming programs was promoted with the Wisconsin 4-H Website and through the UW-Madison Department of Animal Science Extension webpage.  Over time UW-Extension moved toward blog pages to share information.  This was the beginning of taking ownership and creating a system to connect with UW-Extension staff, clientele and other interested stakeholder sharing and promoting information and resources to our target audience, youth livestock families and supporters.  Now families can keep in touch with updates on the blog page as well as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more.

This award application will be forwarded to the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA) for regional and national award consideration where if selected will be recognized at the 2016 NAE4-HA conference to be held this fall in New Orleans, LA.