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Melanie Coleman 4-H Youth Advisor
Coleman’s experiences are not just limited to traditional settings. Coleman also has significant exposure to nontraditional 4-H programs and equine and livestock programs.
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Introducing New 4-H Advisor in Butte, Lawrence Counties

BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. – SDSU Extension is excited to announce Melanie Coleman as the new 4-H Youth Program Advisor for Butte and Lawrence counties. Coleman is set to oversee 4-H programming and policies, significantly enhancing the educational and developmental opportunities offered to local youth.

In her new role, Coleman will manage various tasks aimed at fostering the growth of participants. “I have a passion for working with youth as well as animals and having the ability to make a positive impact in their lives now and in the future,” Coleman expressed.

This passion is expected to drive her efforts in recruiting and training volunteers for various 4-H activities.

Based in Belle Fourche, Coleman brings a robust background to her position. She grew up in Washington state where her involvement with 4-H began. She later earned a master’s in social work from Western New Mexico University and worked as a school social worker.

Her commitment to community service is evident through her volunteer work with Guide Dogs for the Blind and as a therapeutic equine instructor.

Her experiences are not just limited to traditional settings. Coleman also has significant exposure to nontraditional 4-H programs and equine and livestock programs, which Oakley G. Perry, SDSU Extension 4-H County Operations and Professional Development Program Manager, believes will enrich the existing framework. “Melanie is such a great addition to our SDSU Extension 4-H team,” noted Perry.

With an enthusiasm for outdoor recreation, Coleman is particularly excited about expanding outdoor educational programs in Butte and Lawrence counties. Her dual interests in outdoor activities and youth development are anticipated to bring innovative and engaging programs to the communities she will serve.

Under her guidance, SDSU Extension looks forward to new growth and continued success in their 4-H programs, benefiting the youth of Butte and Lawrence counties through enhanced learning experiences and leadership development.

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