Let’s Talk – Engaging Youth in Your Organization

Let’s Talk – Engaging Youth in Your Organization


March 6, 2024
2 p.m. Central
60 Minutes


FREE for IAFE Members


Presented by:

Kansas Sampler Foundation
Sara Green, Co-Director
Simone Elder, Power Up and Engagement Manager

Jodi Drake, Pratt County (KS) Extension

About the Event

Get ready to unlock the power of youth involvement! Introducing “Let’s Talk – Engaging Youth in Your Organization,” an educational event exclusively for IAFE members. Designed for IAFE members seeking to rejuvenate their organizations and embrace the immense potential of youth participation. Discover how to tap into the energy, creativity, and fresh perspectives young individuals bring to the table, and the incredible impact it can have on your organization’s success.

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Jodi Drake, Pratt County (KS) Extension
Jodi Drake has been the Pratt County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H and Youth since 2008, previously working as the Office Professional for Pratt County Extension since 1998. Jodi holds both a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Science Degree from Kansas State University with a major in Clothing and Textiles and Youth Development.

Jodi’s special field of interest is nutrition and health. She believes in the value providing educational programs for all ages. She provides several school programs relating to nutrition and health throughout the school year and implements the Walk Kansas and the StoryWalk program annually.

Jodi is a life-long Pratt County resident, growing up on a farm 12 miles northeast of Pratt. She currently lives on a farm not far from where she grew up, and is mom to two daughters. Madeline is a sophomore at Kansas State University and Caroline is a sophomore at Pratt High School.

Sara Green, Co-Director, Kansas Sampler Foundation
Sarah loves the energy of a good road trip, especially one punctuated by finding the best homemade food and drink along the route. (Even better if a day ends with a gorgeous sunset. Kansas is lucky enough to have the best in the world!) 

A life-long learner with a diverse professional background, Sarah worked in the public and private sectors for organizations as varied as The Hutchinson News, KHI News Service (a precursor to the Kansas News Service), the Kansas Department of Agriculture, the Kansas Department of Transportation, the Kansas Health Foundation, and the Sunflower Foundation. The interests closest to her heart include rural community development, food and agriculture, and water policy.   

She graduated from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas.   A member of the Kansas State Fair Board, Sarah serves south-central Kansas extension districts in that role. She lives with her family in Wichita.

Simone Elder, Power Up and Engagement Manager, Kansas Sampler Foundation
The Kansas Sampler Foundation helped connect Simone to like-minded Kansans who were proud to be from rural communities.

Most recently, Simone worked as a loan officer at Western State Bank in Leoti.  Simone graduated from the University of Kansas School of Business in 2011 with a degree in Business Management and an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. Early experiences with Ogallala Commons through community-based internships across the High Plains first introduced her to a grassroots approach of community development. Her travels with the Kansas Agricultural and Rural Leadership (KARL) Program as part of Class XIV also opened her eyes to the beauty and opportunity in the state of Kansas. Simone lives with her husband, Levi, on a farm between Leoti and Tribune. Together they are raising their daughter and caring for dogs, cats, and cattle. 

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