Extension Professional Staff
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development (Metro Communities)
535 South Randall Road
St. Charles, IL 60174-1591
Expert in: Youth development and STEM
Donna Nuger continues her service to University of Illinois Extension as the Metro Youth Development Educator serving youth in the urban areas of DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties. Nuger began her career with University of Illinois Extension in 2004 as the Youth Development Educator for Kankakee County.
Health Jam has inspired youth to consider health careers and how to live a healthier lifestyle. This urban program reached out to youth in Elgin providing workshops with health care and fitness professionals and provide educational experiences that inspire health, and safety awareness followed by 8 weekly classes to support continued healthy choices. Extension's educational mission was furthered through work on committees on the local regional and state level.
4-H Robotics SPIN Clubs have increaded steadily in both size and number under Nuger's leadership. Teens have increased their leadership ability through 4-H Science Ambassadors. These young people utilize their interest in science and increase their ability to lead others by developing short term workshops and walk-by STEM related activities for younger children. Opportunities for personal growth have been offered to the teens through conferences at National 4-H Conference Center.
Nuger received her B.S. in Animal Science from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and her Master of Arts in Teaching degree from National-Louis University. She has been a very active volunteer with Girl Scouts, Boys Scouts, her local school board, Lyons Township Dog Training Club, People to People Student Ambassador Program and Garden Clubs of Illinois Board. Her contributions have been in the area of volunteer development, youth education and environmental issues. Nuger's service to youth has been recognized by National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Achievement in Service Award, Excellence in Urban Programming and the Honor Pin by Girl Scouts of the USA.
Real Colors -- This interactive training helps a person gain a perspective on his or her own personality style and the personality styles/temperament of others. This program is for youth through adult ages and is adaptable for different program areas such as teaching and learning styles, leadership styles, career choices, parenting styles, management styles, etc.
Welcome to the Real World -- This educational simulation is for Jr. and Sr. High age youth. Youth will first select a career they are interested in. They then select their choice of a home, car, food, clothing and entertainment. When their selections have been made, they will then receive their income minus taxes and will begin to pay their bills. The goal is for youth to see the challenges they will face if they do not earn enough money to pay their bills.
Conflict Resoulution -- Adult volunteers and youth find that often conflicts arise from poor communication. Thhis program focuses on clear effective communication to settle the inevitable interpersonal conflicts people experience.
Valued Volunteers -- Adult volunteers benefit from this series of workshops that focus on how to work with young people and other volunteers. topics include communications, behavior management, experiential learning, risk management, and pariamentary procedure.