Name: John Madison
Title: SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor - Beadle County
Years in SDSU Extension: 7 years
What is your favorite part about working for SDSU Extension 4-H?
Watching youth master skills and apply them to new situations as they grow up into young adults. I also appreciate all of the many great people that are involved with 4-H.
If you could give one piece of advice to a 4-H member what would it be?
You will get out of 4-H what you put into it. That doesn’t mean you have to be involved in every project area, but be involved in every aspect of the projects you enjoy. From helping younger 4-H members to volunteering at Achievement Days. The more you do, the more you will grow.
What is a true leader to you?
Someone who is able to lead the charge in such a way that others are willing to follow and work together to accomplish the goal.
What are some hobbies and interests you have?
In my spare time I have a farm raising beef cattle, corn, soybeans, and wheat. When I’m not farming, I also like hunting and reading.
What has been your proudest moment as an advisor?
Every time a youth puts in the extra effort, has the “aha!” moment, or goes out of their way to help another 4-Her. It is really inspirational to have played a small part in their success.
What is a unique or outstanding program you offer in the counties you serve?
Our horse and shooting sports programs. Both of these projects are led by several strong and passionate volunteers who always go the extra mile to make sure that youth excel.
What is your personal motto?
The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.
If you could have a superpower what would it be and why?
Super speed. I think I would get much more accomplished if I was as fast as The Flash!