Sonia Mack, 4-H Youth Program Advisor: Leading by example Back »

Name: Sonia Mack

Title: SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor- Brookings County

Years in Extension: 17 years

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

My favorite part is who I get to work with – from colleagues, youth, adults, community members…the list goes on. As a result of working with SDSU Extension 4-H I have met some wonderful people and am lucky to be able to call so many of them friends!

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

Always be yourself! Unless you can be a Unicorn, then be a Unicorn because there is nothing wrong with standing out!

What does true leadership mean to you?

Good leaders lead by example. By walking your talk, you become a person others want to follow. True leaders don’t only delegate, they roll up their sleeves and work alongside you. True leaders encourage an atmosphere in which people can focus on their core strengths, not their weaknesses. True leaders LISTEN and seek to understand. Most importantly, true leaders don’t complain, they create solutions.

What are some hobbies and interests you have?

Watching my two children be successful in anything and everything they do, crafts, refurbishing furniture, shopping, spending time with friends, camping, attending Brookings Bobcat athletic events, and volunteer basketball coach.

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

I remember watching re-runs of Bewitched when I was younger and what I wouldn’t do to have Samantha’s ‘nose twitch’. Every once in a while it would sure be nice to have the option of twitching my nose to get a job done quickly or to travel to and from in a flash!

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

One of the programs within Brookings County 4-H that I would identify as outstanding would be our shooting sports program. We offer BB gun, air rifle, air pistol, archery, .22 rifle and pistol, shotgun and muzzle loading under the direction of more than thirty registered volunteers.

When you were a kid did you always want to be an advisor? If not, what did you want to be?

No I didn’t, but if I knew then what I know now I would have done so much more in 4-H. I remember toying with the idea of being a doctor or a lawyer, after all, every kid dreams of a high paying job but the reality is that I really didn’t know what I wanted to do. It was after taking an introduction class to Family & Consumer Sciences at South Dakota State University that I then realized what major I wanted to pursue.

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