BROOKINGS, S.D. - Alina Krone-Hedman is the new SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor for Lincoln County.
In this role, Krone-Hedman will provide timely 4-H youth development research-based information, resources, education, leadership and support to meet the needs of youth, while building relationships to enhance and carry out the mission of SDSU Extension throughout the county.
"We are excited to have Alina join our team. She has a background in youth education and as a 4-H alumnus, she has great ideas for supporting and expanding the programming in Lincoln County," said Amber Erickson, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Field Operations Coordinator.
More about Alina Krone-Hedman
Growing up in a small Wisconsin community, Alina Krone-Hedman developed a strong sense of service to others.
"My family always stressed giving back and doing our part for the community. That thought process is in the center of everything I do. Wherever I go, I want to have a positive effect on those around me. Before moving to Sioux Falls, I was involved in everything from keeping books at basketball games to being a regular volunteer at most community events."
It was also in this small community that she developed a love for art. An interest that 4-H allowed her to explore beyond the walls of her school's art room.
"We would touch on a certain medium in school, I would get excited and go to my 4-H leader and she would encourage me to explore it more," explains Krone-Hedman, who graduated from Carroll University degrees in art education and graphic communications.
While in high school, a colored pencil piece she entered at her county fair was selected for the state-wide art show - a special honor bestowed on a select few art projects entered in Wisconsin 4-H. Her first grand champion ribbon was also won for an art project.
"I feel like because of 4-H, my art skills were able to develop outside of the traditional classroom setting," she says.
Today, Krone-Hedman is eager to support Lincoln County youth as they explore their interests through 4-H. To contact Krone-Hedman call 605.764.2756 or email.
More about South Dakota 4-H
SDSU Extension's 4-H Youth Development Program is a partnership of federal (USDA), state (Land Grant University), and county resources through youth outreach activities of SDSU Extension. Youth learn and experience Leadership, Health and Wellness, Science and Ag-Vocacy through a network of professional staff and volunteers reaching more than 9,000 enrolled members with yearly programming efforts to an additional 35,000 youth participants.
To learn more, contact your local SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor.