South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension has boosted its statewide 4-H programming efforts with the latest addition of 4-H Youth Program Advisor, Lauren Sankey. Sankey, who is based in Roberts County, will be responsible for developing and delivering educational programs in the priority areas of leadership, science, agriculture, health and wellness, along with other topics identified through informal and formal needs assessments.
A native of southwest Minnesota, Sankey has a strong background in 4-H, exhibiting in baked goods, informational posters and visual arts, as well as participating in 4-H interstate exchanges with Texas and Virginia.
“We are excited to have Lauren join us in Roberts County,” says Tim Tanner, South Dakota 4-H Program Director. “Her people-centered skillset and servant leadership ethic will be real strengths as she joins our 4-H team.”
Prior to South Dakota 4-H, Sankey served as a certified nursing assistant in Edgerton, Minnesota and as a home health care provider in Britton. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies from SDSU.
Sankey says she has always wanted to work with people and to have a career where she could make a difference in the lives of others.
“I know that my previous work with all ages, combined with my college degree, have given me the strengths and tools I need to begin this new career path,” Sankey says. “I believe, as the Roberts County 4-H Youth Program Advisor, I have been given the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others and the community. I am excited to see where this opportunity takes me and to learn more about Roberts County’s community and culture.”