Davis, like so many of our 4-H Youth Development employees, has been involved with WVU Extension and 4-H programming since he was young. It wasn’t until he first served as an Extension camping instructor though that he really fell in love with the work of WVU Extension.
Davis, originally from Clay County, earned his master’s degree in agricultural and extension education from West Virginia University’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. He also has a bachelor’s degree in recreation tourism management from Concord University. Davis has nearly 10 years of experience working with youths from around the state as a 4-H camping instructor and volunteer, and he has even been recognized for his service as a West Virginia 4-H All Star.
“All of our 4-H youth development programs leave a lasting impression on the lives of those participants. We see the evidence of that when people like J.R. who have been lifelong 4-H’ers and volunteers become Extension agents,” said Brent Clark, program director for WVU Extension Service 4-H Youth Development. “Given J.R.’s 4-H experience, I know he is dedicated to supporting the youths of Wyoming County through WVU Extension Service programming.”
As the newest Extension agent, Davis will manage 4-H youth development programming within Wyoming County. By working directly with the same programs that he participated in as a child, Davis hopes to create an environment that will enhance youths in every part of the county.
“I’ve witnessed the positive influence Extension agents can have on those around them. As an Extension agent myself, I now have the opportunity to make a difference in Wyoming County, and that is what excites me most,” said Davis. “I have been working toward this for years, and I look forward to continuing to serve the program that raised me.”
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 extension.wvu.edu, or contact your local office of the WVU Extension Service.