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4-H in the NEWS!!
Microsoft Tech Changemakers held an event on Saturday, May 19, 2018 for Middle School youth. See below for the Channel 5 and Channel 11 coverage:

4-H’ers team up with Microsoft to Create "Tech Changemakers."

Release Date: 3/29/18
Media Contact: Melinda Pollen (920) 391-4613

Brown County 4-H and Microsoft Empower Youth
4-H’ers team up with Microsoft to Create “Tech Changemakers”

(Brown County, Wis.) - Brown County 4-H Youth Development, UW-Extension is announcing an exciting national partnership between National 4-H Council and Microsoft to equip young people with digital skills and resources to make a positive community impact.

Brown County is one of only eight communities nationwide taking part in a new 4-H Tech Changemakers
initiative, where youth will be key leaders in identifying and addressing community issues. This
partnership recognizes technology can play a role in helping to address these issues, empowering
our youth as partners in decision-making and community leadership, while equipping them with
digital skills to help drive greater opportunity in Brown County.

“As the County continues to work on the STEM Innovation Center, this partnership aligns with our
strategy of getting kids interested in STEM-related fields to make our regions more competitive in
the future. We’ re proud to have Microsoft partner with our local 4-H in this initiative,” says County Executive Troy Streckenbach.

“It’ s an honor for Microsoft to work with 4-H, an organization that brings leadership skills to
young people throughout this community, and throughout the United States,” said Microsoft’ s
Michelle Schuler, who manages the company's TechSpark initiative to foster greater economic
opportunity through partnerships in rural and smaller metropolitan communities. “ We’re looking
forward to seeing how these young leaders will integrate technology into their ongoing work
to serve others in Brown County.”

In Brown County, 4-H Tech Changemakers’ goal is to expand access to out-of-school time STEM
programs for middle school students. They are working with county leaders to deploy a needs
assessment, along with an informational video, to learn more about existing STEM programs and
needs. The data from the needs assessment will help young people explore how technology can offer
real solutions and help to develop new programming options.

“Microsoft’s belief in young people and technology aligns well with our national and local 4-H
mission and programming,” says Melinda Pollen, Brown County 4-H Youth Development Educator,
Associate Professor, UW-Extension. “This project will be an exciting new way of engaging and
bringing together youth and adults throughout the community around technology and community

Youth, organizations and community members in Brown County have a chance to work collaboratively in
this 4-H Youth Development Project while developing critical technology skills themselves - improving their ability to thrive and to contribute back to their local economy.

We are looking for high school youth from around the county to join us in developing community
programming to address needs. For more information or to get involved, contact Melinda Pollen,
Brown County 4-H Youth Development Educator, at 920-391-4654 or

Brown County 4-H provides opportunities for personal growth of young people throughout Brown
County, and encourages the positive development of youth, families, and their communities. Through
hands-on, experiential learning, we offer more than 300 programs and projects for youth, 5K through
13th grade, and their families, in a variety of methods.

Projects include, but are not limited to, STEM, citizenship and leadership, healthy living, animal
science, communications and arts, shooting sports and wildlife, home and community education, and
gardening. For more information, or to get involved as a member/family or volunteer, contact
Melinda Pollen, Brown County 4-H Youth Development Educator, at 920-391-4654 or

What is 4-H?

In 4-H, we believe in the power of young people. We see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. We are America's largest youth development organization - empowering nearly six million young people across the U.S. with the skills to lead for a lifetime.
The mission of the Brown County 4-H Program is to provide opportunities for personal growth and to encourage the positive development of youth, their families, and their communities. Brown County 4-H Youth Development is a community of young people, being mentored by adults, coming together to have fun while learning life and leadership skills - from kindergarten through 13th grade!

UW-Extension Brown County 4-H Youth Development Staff
Melinda Pollen
4-H Youth Development Educator
Martha Halasi
Program Assistant
Jennifer Bartkowski
Lead 4-H Youth Development Afterschool Instructor
John Hill
4-H Program Assistant
Jay VanZeeland
4-H Tech Changemakers Coordinator

Contact:  4-H Staff
Phone: 920-391-4654
Fax: 920-391-4617
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Mailing Address:  Brown County UW-Extension
210 Museum Place
Green Bay, WI 54303
Hours:  Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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