Back in early January, Larry Lapachin from WXPR contacted the University of Wisconsin Division of Extension Iron County Youth Development Educator Neil Klemme to ask about doing a story about the SISU Endurance Team. The youth program through Iron County 4-H had just wrapped up their first year and were beginning to plan for the second. The cross country skiing, mountain biking, and running program that provided an opportunity for youth to try out some new recreational experiences in our region had 99 participants in its first year, with several of those participating in more than one of these programs. 4-H was a great avenue to engage youth in these activities, as the 4-H program aims to provide opportunities for youth to Master new skills, develop a sense of Independence, build a feeling of Belonging, and allow youth to contribute or feel a sense of Generosity. These are the 4 Essential Elements of 4-H Youth Development. While this public radio piece focuses on the XC skiing program all three were a huge success because of the leaders/coaches who showed up each week and shared their knowledge and skills with our youth participants. For more information, click on the WXPR link below.
For more information about the SISU Endurance Team, please contact:
Extension Iron County
4-H Youth Development Educator
300 Taconite Street, Suite 118
Hurley, WI 54534