MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Amanda Johnson is Barbour County’s newest West Virginia University Extension Service 4-H agent, and while she’s new to the county, she’s certainly not new to WVU Extension nor the benefits that 4-H programs bring to West Virginia’s youths.
Johnson comes to Barbour County from the WVU Extension Service Randolph County office. When asked about the move, she viewed it as bittersweet.
“In my time with the Randolph County 4-H program, I’m extremely grateful for all the friendships and relationships I developed with 4-H’ers, volunteers and families over the past eight years — I’ve been really lucky to have met such wonderful people,” she said. “I’m excited to get rolling in Barbour County in the middle of 4-H camp season, and we’ll continue to look at ways to develop collaborative 4-H programs to really give all our 4-H’ers in the county opportunities and activities that exceed expectations.”
She started her appointment on Sunday, July 1.
“Amanda is a great resource for the region and really does great things daily for her community,” said Brent Clark, program director, WVU Extension Service 4-H Youth Development. “We know she’s passionate about 4-H programs, and more importantly, she cares for the individuals behind them — we’re eager to see youths in her 4-H clubs become amazing people under her guidance.”
Johnson obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology and family studies from Alderson-Broaddus University and her master’s in agriculture with an emphasis in child development and extension education from WVU.
For more than a century, 4-H has focused on agricultural science, electricity, mechanics, entrepreneurship and natural sciences. Today, 4-H out-of-school opportunities also exist in subjects like rocketry, robotics, biofuels, renewable energy and computer science.
To learn more about new opportunities in the 4-H program, visit www.extension.wvu.edu, or contact your local office of the WVU Extension Service. Keep up with the latest in WVU Extension news on Facebook and Twitter by following @WVUExtension.