Name: Jodi Loehrer
Title: SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor - Codington County
Years in Extension: 15 years
What is your favorite part about working for SDSU Extension 4-H?
My favorite part of working for SDSU Extension 4-H is getting to work with youth of all ages in our community and state. It is also great to have colleagues in every county of the state to share ideas with and work together as a team.
If you could give one piece of advice to a 4-H member what would it be?
One piece of advice I would give to a 4-H member would be to explore projects that interest you, but step out and try new project areas. 4-H teaches life skills that will last a lifetime.
What does leadership mean to you?
A true leader to me means a trustworthy and honest person who takes on responsibility along with others working side by side, not just leading, but modeling.
What are some hobbies and interests you have?
Some hobbies and interests I have is following my four children in their activities, attending soccer and figure skating competitions, camping and being outdoors, volunteering in my church and community and the Watertown Optimist Club.
What has been your proudest moment as an advisor?
I have had so many proud moments of watching youth grow up through 4-H and always enjoy catching up with the alumni to see where 4-H has taken them or helped them in their careers. Love seeing their ‘aha’ moments and being a mentor.
What is a unique or outstanding program you offer in the counties you serve?
One outstanding and popular program we offer in our county is the Kid Kare babysitting clinic to 150 youth each summer. We also have a great Cloverbud program along with a popular shooting sports and dog program thanks to our wonderful volunteers.
When you were a kid did you always want to be an advisor? If not, what did you want to be?
When I was a kid I always wanted to be a teacher. After getting my teaching degree I did teach two years in North Dakota. I always looked up to our FCS agent when I was in 4-H as a great role model. I enjoy teaching the 4-H youth and area youth through educational programming.