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Name: Kimberly McGraw

Title: SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor - Clark & Spink Counties

Years in extension: 18 years

What is your favorite part about working for SDSU Extension 4-H?

The job is never the same, it’s flexible, and what you make it.

If you could give one piece of advice to a 4-H member what would it be?

Take advantage of all 4-H has to offer. Step outside your comfort zone and try something new. You never know where it will take you.

What is your personal motto?

When you feel like quitting: think about why you started.

What does true leaders mean to you?

While you can find much written on leadership styles, to me a true leader leads by example, is humble, and realizes they still have much to learn—all while inspiring others to reach their full potential.

What are some hobbies and interests you have?

With 3 children, my hobbies are often their interests and activities.

If you could have a superpower what would it be and why?

If I could have a super power I would want a clone. With 2 counties and 6 school districts under my position there is so much potential—too much for one person to incorporate all that 4-H has to offer and to reach all youth. There are many times when 4-H can build upon or add to the learning opportunities present at local schools.

What is a unique or outstanding program you offer in the counties you serve?

I have developed a positive relationship with the Clark Elementary. We created an elementary school garden, planted flowers as a community service project, and have monthly Farming Friday lessons to promote agriculture as well as the science involved with agriculture. Very few of our children, even in our rural communities, live on a farm and do not always understand what it takes to get our food to the grocery store.

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