Six 4-H youth leaders from Buffalo and Pierce Counties traveled to Rochester for a leadership and cultural diversity experience throughout Southeast Minnesota. The travel is part of a program called FIVE (Finding Interesting Varieties in Everyone) that promotes engaging with different cultures, learning about the historical significance of local places and better understanding power and privilege in our communities.The travel experience began with a trolley tour of Mayo Clinic’s campus and a walking tour of the Mayowood Mansion that was home to multiple generations of the Mayo family. Youth also visited the SPAM Museum and Hormel Nature Center in Austin, MN. They also traveled to Harmony, MN to visit the Niagara cave, and finally tested their independence at the high ropes course in Lanesboro, MN.
The Buffalo County 4-H youth that participated in the middle school travel experience were Samantha Berg of Glencoe Hustlers 4-H, Savannah Foust of B-BC 4-H and Finley Noll of Clover 4-H. The 4-H members earned the opportunity after submitting a resume application and completing an interview. The FIVE travel experience took place Sunday, June 23 – 25, 2019 and was coordinated by Marie Ritscher and Annie Lisowski, Pepin and Buffalo County 4-H Youth Development Educators working for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension.