COLUMBIA, Mo. – In 2019, Missouri 4-H lost a longtime friend, Victoria L. “Vicky” Miserez. For over 30 years, Miserez served Boone County 4-H in a number of capacities, including serving on the program’s board of directors.
Miserez’s husband Bill Carter created the Miserez-Carter 4-H Endowment Fund as a lasting testament to his love for 4-H. The fund finances the new Miserez-Carter 4-H internship program.
âThe internship program was started with the hope that the student would consider future work in the cooperative extension,â Carter said. “Vicky has always led by example, and I know she hoped this program would encourage more counties to create opportunities for young people to engage in our farming communities, which are the backbone of our country and the country. world.”
âWe are extremely grateful to Bill and Vicky for their generous donation,â said Christal Huber, 4-H Extension Youth Development Specialist at the University of Missouri in Boone County. âBecause of this, we have been able to provide a great opportunity for university students to explore a career in 4-H youth development.
In its first year, the program attracted the ideal candidate: Justin Luster, a fourth-generation 4-H’er from Bunceton, Mo. Luster has been involved with 4-H for 11 years, even joining the 4- board. H from Missouri and attend the national conference.
As an intern, Luster participated in board meetings, student nutrition advisory board trainings, and the Boone County Fair. His favorite part, however, was leading the planning process for the 4-H day camps.
âI always thought I wanted to work with kids or in the education system,â said Luster, a sophomore major in social services at Northwest Missouri State University. âI thought this internship was an incredible opportunity.
The day camps offered various offers ranging from sports shooting to robotics. Luster led teams of teen counselors and helped them develop their own leadership skills.
One of the most rewarding experiences happens at the end of the county fair internship program, Luster said. âIt was really cool to see some of the campers’ projects at the fair, to see what they were doing with the program and not just at camp.
Interns who wish to earn a MU degree can receive up to three credit hours, depending on the field of study. Applications open at the beginning of December and close at the end of January. Contact Christal Huber at [email protected] to apply.
To contribute to the Miserez-Carter 4-H Endowment Fund, contact Missouri 4-H Foundation Director Rachel Augustine at (573) 884-7641 or [email protected].