University of Wyoming Extension News

UW Extension chooses 4-H-ers for American Youth Leadership Program in Samoa

Four Wyoming 4-H’ers were chosen by the University of Wyoming Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program for the American Youth Leadership Program (AYLP) in Samoa next winter.

The Wyoming 4-H-ers – along with 18 others from 10 other states – and three adults will travel to Samoa on a three-week cultural trip Dec. 11 to Jan. 1, 2014.

“We were able to select 22 youths and three adults so you can probably imagine the selection process was grueling and awesome at the same,” said Warren Crawford, 4-H youth development specialist.

The Wyoming 4-H-ers and their hometowns are: LaQuisha Buffalo, Lander; Jaycey Lindsey, Wright; Quinton Migneault, Basin; and Mary Schwope, Cowley. Additionally, JD Slagowski from Farson was chosen as one of five alternates.

Applications from 96 youths in 13 states were received and an additional 43 adult applications were submitted.

“We had another tremendous response with such an amazing quality of applicants,” said Crawford. A similar leadership trip to Mongolia occurred in 2012.

Selections were based upon:

·      Personal leadership skills

·      Involvement in the community as demonstrated through communityservice activities

·      Academic and social skills

·      Openness and flexibility

·      Work cooperatively in diverse groups

·      Interest in learning about cultural differences and global issues

·      Interest in learning about nutrition and food security issues common to the western U.S. and Samoa

The AYLP is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by extension.

The AYLP with Samoa is designed to advance mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Samoa, prepare youth leaders to become responsible citizens, spark an interest in learning about foreign cultures and develop a cadre of Americans with cultural understanding able to compete effectively in the global economy.

The program includes a pre-trip orientation on the UW campus Aug. 4-7 and a follow-on project carried out in each participant’s community after the exchange trip. The educational theme for AYLP with Samoa will focus on nutrition and food security issues common to the western U.S. and Samoa.

Samoa is in the South Pacific Ocean about halfway between the Hawaiian Islands and New Zealand. It is comprised of two main islands and several smaller islands. Samoa has a land area of about 1,000 square miles. In comparison, Wyoming has a land area of about 97,000 square miles. The Samoan population is slightly more than 195,000, according to the Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook. Wyoming has about 576,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.