Two specialists in the Wyoming State 4-H Office have received recognition for their efforts to expose youths to different cultures.
Volunteer development specialist Kim Reaman and youth development specialist Warren Crawford received University of Wyoming Extension’s Diversity Enhancement Recognition Award. The pair received the honor Wednesday, Nov. 6, during the organization’s training conference in Casper.
4-H is the youth arm of UW Extension, and its state offices are in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Reaman and Crawford developed 4-H youth exchanges with Mongolia through the American Youth Leadership Program funded by the UnitedStates Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participants from several states traveled twice to Mongolia, and Mongolian 4-H’ers spent about three weeks in Wyoming this summer. The exchanges were so well received that additional funding was obtained for a cultural exchange to Samoa this year.
The visits helped participants “get comfortable with being uncomfortable,” according to the nomination information. The 4-H’ers were taken beyond the customs, language and food and immersed into first-hand experiences of the challenges and opportunities Mongolian citizens face today as the country’s natural, human and technological resources are beingdeveloped.
Reaman joined UW Extension in 2008, and Crawford joined in 1998