Purdue Extension
Making a Difference in Wells County


Youth Forum Teaches Leadership

The Wells County Youth Leadership Forum attracted 51 high school students. The one-day event featured community-guided, interactive sessions about:

  • The importance of ethics in leadership and understanding what is important to accomplish goals


  • Valuing differences and including people in the decision-making process


  • Understanding leadership styles through the Real Colors Personality Style activity.

The event was a collaboration of Purdue Extension- Wells County, Family Centered Services, Boy Scouts, and Boys and Girls Clubs. It was funded by community groups and the Wells County Foundation.

 
Master Gardeners Continue to Grow

The Purdue Extension-Wells County Master Gardeners added 13 interns to their ranks. They join 40 other volunteers who educate Wells County residents about gardening and landscape management.

Master Gardener volunteers in Wells County have held school classroom and outdoor lab trainings, garden tours, and library and service club presentations, and have assisted at the Bluffton Farmer’s Market.

Purdue Extension Delivers
  • Every $1 spent on the Indiana Family Nutrition Program is expected to create $35.75 in economic returns.


  • In a recent survey, 94% of Indiana 4-H participants graduating from high school planned to pursue post-secondary education.


  • In a similar Midwest state, an independent study concluded that every $1 invested in Extension yielded $15 in economic impact.


  • Beginner's Guide to Grant Writing workshop recipients received more than $7 million in grants to support community projects.
 
Program Promotes Health Literacy

Health Literacy includes the ability to negotiate complex health care systems, and to understand the instructions on prescription drug bottles, appointment slips, medical educational brochures, doctor’s directions, and consent forms.

A Purdue Extension-Wells County program helped 35 individuals improve their health literacy by asking three questions at their health care appointments:

  1. What is my main problem?


  2. What do I need to do?


  3. Why is it important to do this?

  
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