Featured Profile: Alison Copeland
As a University of Missouri State 4-H Youth Development Specialist, Alison Copeland wears many different hats.
Much of Copeland’s work focuses on youth and adult health across Missouri. She heads the MU Healthy Lifestyle Initiative, working with community members statewide to develop policies and environments that support access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity. Copeland also leads the Move Across Missouri program, which helps young people track their physical activity – walking, weight lifting, rock climbing and everything in between. In addition, she directs the Camp Food and Fitness, engaging middle schoolers in hands-on activities that promote better nutrition and physical fitness.
Copeland also spearheads programs for high school students. She helps direct the 4-H Youth Futures College within Reach program, an innovative program that promotes college as an obtainable goal for high school-age youths who are not typically encouraged to attend college – including “first in family” and racial or ethnic minority students. Copeland also organizes The Youth Development Academy (YDA), which provides youth development professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead positive youth development programs in public, private, or civic sectors.
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