Courtney Johnson bubbles with enthusiasm as she introduces herself around the community as the “new SPARK hire”.  The source of her enthusiasm? A strong desire to give back to the community that supported her in her early years.

“I am an Itasca County native,” she said. “I attended Hill City School grades K-12, and I am a proud 2010 graduate. In 5th grade I joined 4-H, and it changed my life. The program provided unique opportunities for me to grow personally and develop my passions. These experiences helped shaped my education path and my current career dedication to the field of youth development.”

Courtney Johnson (R) shows her love for cows as she engages with young people to build stronger community for all.

Courtney Johnson (R) shows her love for cows as she engages with young people to build stronger community for all.

After high school, Courtney attended Itasca Community College and North Dakota State University, earning a degree in Agricultural Communications and Animal Science – and a growing passion for youth work.  Before joining SPARK, she worked in Crow Wing County as 4-H Program Coordinator and enrolled in a Youth Development Leadership Master’s program through the U of M.  She will complete her degree this summer.

Courtney is dedicated to ensuring that all Itasca Area Youth have access to the relationships that supported her during her 4-H career. As she builds her network, she will reach out to community members across the Greater Itasca Area in the coming months, to put the SPARK Pathway vision into motion.

“Courtney’s passion for building authentic relationships between adults and young people make her an ideal fit for SPARK’s Community Engagement position,” according to Mindy Nuhring of the SPARK governance council.  “SPARK needed someone who could motivate both youth and adults; someone who could dream big and have the skills to help us move our dreams to action.  We believe Courtney can do that.”

”I am thrilled to come back to the area that I call home,” Courtney said. “I’m equally energized by the opportunity to connect with the many people in our area who are looking for ways to support youth.”

Connect with Courtney:

email:  joh06997@umn.edu

Call:  218-327-7365

Stop by:  First floor of the Itasca County Courthouse