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As you are aware, the 4-H program could not exist without the support of caring adults. I have been the Carroll County 4-H Youth Development Agent for four months and I am absolutely so impressed with the encouragement that the citizens of this great county have given to this wonderful program.
Now is the time of year we resolve to make changes for the better. This year, you can resolve to be a positive influence in the life of a young person by volunteering with 4-H.
Whether leading a club, chaperoning a group of youth at 4-H camp, teaching new skills or helping judge a speech or demonstration contest, adult volunteers are an essential and invaluable part of 4-H. In fact, many 4-H programs would not be possible without the help of caring, adult volunteers.
4-H needs volunteers in many areas, from coaching livestock skill-a-thon teams to mentoring young people as they complete a service project. If you’re interested in a particular subject or project area, chances are 4-H offers it and you can spend time doing what you enjoy and sharing your skills and talents with young people. If you are interested in volunteering, please give me a call at the Carroll County Cooperative Office at (502) 732-7030.
Adult volunteers help shape future leaders by demonstrating leadership skills, giving young people a sense of community and offering a positive connection with someone from a different age group. Volunteers can serve in different capacities from one night for one event to a year commitment as a leader of a 4-H club.
The vast majority of volunteers find out they get back as much as they give. Many volunteers find it’s very rewarding to watch young people build self-confidence and self-worth as they develop new interests and accomplish goals.
Thank you, Carroll County citizens, for helping prepare our youth to become our future leaders.
Joyce Doyle is the Carroll County Extension agent for 4-H and youth development. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to JWDoyl2@email.uky.edu.