New AmeriCorps 4-H outreach director hired for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Iowa State University Extension
Celine Beggs

AMES, Iowa - Celine Beggs has been selected as the program director of Iowa AmeriCorps 4-H Outreach with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach effective June 21.

As the Iowa AmeriCorps 4-H Outreach program director, Beggs will oversee a $1.2 million grant that allows Iowa 4-H to place approximately 52 members in youth-serving host sites across the state.

Beggs is currently serving as the Iowa AmeriCorps 4-H program specialist with Iowa 4-H, the youth development program of ISU Extension and Outreach. From 2019 to 2021, she served as the administrative specialist for the Iowa 4-H Foundation, as well as a graduate research and teaching assistant for the Department of Agricultural Education and Studies at Iowa State University. Prior to her return to higher education, Beggs served as a county youth coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach in Montgomery County from 2017 to 2019.

Beggs has a dual bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications and journalism and agricultural economics with a minor in leadership studies from Kansas State University and will be obtaining her master’s degree later this year in agricultural education and studies from Iowa State University.

“My experiences in 4-H as a member, county youth coordinator, project judge and intern helped me identify my passions and develop necessary life skills,” said Beggs. “The Iowa AmeriCorps 4-H Outreach program is another delivery system used to provide positive youth-adult partnerships and research-based experiences to K-12 youth across the state. I’m excited to take on this role, as members serving through this program will help youth find their path and story, just like my 4-H experience has allowed me to do.”

The Iowa AmeriCorps 4-H Outreach program is a unique partnership between AmeriCorps and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development. Government, faith-based, nonprofits or community-based organizations that focus on youth programming may serve as host sites to the program. The host site must identify a community need or needs that a member will work to solve during the term of service. Members may serve as project leads that develop solutions to community needs or provide direct learning opportunities for youth using Iowa 4-H’s values and mission to drive their plan of service.

The Iowa AmeriCorps 4-H Outreach grant is funded through AmeriCorps, Volunteer Iowa, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and private matching funds.

For more information on the Iowa AmeriCorps 4-H Outreach program, please contact Celine Beggs at 515-294-8013 or cmbeggs@iastate.edu, or visit the website at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/americorps.