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4-H youth organizations mold youth to become leaders

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By Roberta Hunt

In a small community like Washington County, it is gratifying to see young people grow up and then provide leadership roles within the community. Washington County is lucky to have numerous youth organizations and programs that provide leadership training opportunities for youth.

Last week I was able to observe two former 4-H members who gained skills and knowledge through 4-H and then came back to share that knowledge with young 4-H members. Former 4-H Young Riders club member, Olivia Hunt Dixon, now works for the Kentucky Equine Humane Center as their trainer.  The non-profit horse rescue center takes abused and neglected horses or horses that people can no longer keep and helps them become healthy and retrained for adoption. Olivia explained her job to current club members at their Feb. 18 meeting and how the KY Equine Humane Center operates.

Former 4-H Young Riders Club member, Brittany Wells provided the club program at the January Club meeting. Brittany provided information on horse judging to help members prepare for upcoming district and state competitions.  Brittany is currently in her last semester at the University of Kentucky and left a few days after speaking to study in Switzerland for the spring semester.

Kelsey Thompson Grigsby, a former member of the 4-H Spurs and Furs club, worked with the current club members on what to look for when judging rabbits at their February meeting held last week. The members then actually judged two classes of rabbits and compared their results to Kelsey’s.

The 4-H Sharpshooters will be sponsoring a Hunter Education program that has been set up on a quick basis. The program will be held on March 5 and March 8 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and on March 9 from 4:30-6 p.m. for range work. Anyone interested may call the Washington County Extension Office at 336-7741 and give their name and phone number. Once the locations have been confirmed, those persons will be contacted with final details.

Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin.