Name: Sara Koepke
Title: SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor - Grant County
Years in SDSU Extension: 5.5 years
What is your favorite part about working for SDSU Extension 4-H?
My favorite part about working with SDSU Extension 4-H is advising the hard-working youth, parents, leaders and volunteers in our community, county, and state. In addition, I enjoy advocating the life skills youth receive by participating in 4-H.
If you could give one piece of advice to a 4-H member what would it be?
Immerse yourself in what 4-H can offer YOU. There is a plethora of things to do to build experiences. Your participation in project areas, youth-in-action events, leadership conferences and much more is setting you up for the future.
What does true leadership mean to you?
A true leader to me means spirit of humility, responsibility, candor, and team builder.
What are some hobbies and interests you have?
Hobbies and interests I enjoy is sewing, gardening, cooking and being with family.
What has been your proudest moment as an advisor?
My proudest moment as an advisor would have be watching Grant County 4-H members take on leadership. Especially, our 4-H Junior Leaders, they fill a large leadership capacity in leading our county’s 4-H Recognition Events, assisting at 4-H Achievement Days, and providing community service in the county. Furthermore, they may not associate with one another in school; but, when they come together for a 4-H activity or event, they are a team.
What is a unique or outstanding program you offer in the counties you serve?
A unique program I offer in Grant County is our YOUth Town Hall Meeting. I pride in each 4-H youth having a voice and being able to share their perspectives on how to make our county 4-H program better. This meeting is held each fall, at the beginning of the 4-H year. They work together in teams and discuss a series of questions. Discussion is evaluated by myself and items are then brought back to our 4-H Junior Leaders where they implement what they see is best for the program.
What is your personal motto?
“When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.” -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
If you could have a superpower what would it be and why?
If I could have a superpower, it would be omnilingualism – the power to instantly learn, speak and understand any language fluently.