The Poweshiek County Extension has named Signey Hilby as the new Clover Kids Coordinator and Program Assistant. She began her duties on Oct. 4.
The Poweshiek County Extension recently announced that Signey Hilby has been named the new Clover Kids Coordinator and Program Assistant. Signey’s first day on the job was Monday, Oct. 4.
Hilby grew up on a small family farm in Dubuque, where as a child, she was always outside learning about and exploring the great outdoors.
“As a teenager, my sense of adventure grew and I began exploring in new and more appropriate ways,” Hilby said. “I joined Venture Crew (a co-ed branch of The Boy Scouts of America) which allowed me to participate in many outdoor activities while also receiving the Triple Crown Award of National High Adventure.”
Hilby graduated from Upper Iowa University in 2018 with a double major in Environmental Science and Conservation Management.
“When I started college I didn’t really have a specific career path in mind,” she said. “It wasn’t until my last year of college when I realized just how much environmental education experience my past adventures had given me.”
Since graduating college, Hilby has gained environmental education experience while working as an ISU AmeriCorps Environmental Educator and as a naturalist within the Iowa County Conservation system.
“These experiences have made me realize that my career goals are rooted in being able to work for an organization that empowers youth to reach their full potential,” Hilby said.
When asked what led her to apply for the Poweshiek County Clover Kids Coordinator and Program Assistant position, Hilby said she wanted to help youth grow. She said her past job experience doing youth environmental education was a perfect fit for the Clover Kids job.
In addition, her husband has family in the area and the couple wished to live closer to them, Hilby said of her decision to apply for the job.
Clover Kids is a program serving kids ages kindergarten to third grade. The Clover Kids and 4-H outreach programs focus on topics within the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.
Hilby said first and foremost her hope is to get to know the youth of Poweshiek County through various Clover Kids and 4-H programs.
“The more youth we can interact with and introduce to the 4-H program now means more participation the 4-H program will have in the future,” she said. “My background and past experiences with environmental education has taught me how to successfully develop, prepare, schedule and present youth programs.”
“I am super excited to join the Poweshiek County ISU Extension and Outreach team,” added Hilby. “As a child, I always wanted to join 4-H but was unable to because I was busy with other extra-curricular activities. Now, I have the opportunity to be involved with 4-H as a teacher, leader, and a mentor to the youth of Poweshiek County.”
When not working, Hilby enjoys backpack camping, hiking, geocaching, horseback riding, traveling and learning about other cultures.
Signey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 641-623-5188.