Amanda Johnson is Jefferson 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 Service nor the benefits that 4-H programs bring to West Virginia’s youths.
Johnson comes to Jefferson County from the WVU Extension Service Barbour County office, where she most recently served as the Extension 4-H agent since July 2018. Prior to that, Johnson served as the Extension 4-H agent in Randolph County for eight years. While there, she forged relationships with 4-H’ers, volunteers and families to further develop the 4-H youth development programming.
“Amanda is a great resource for the region and the community,” said Brent Clark, program director, WVU Extension Service 4-H Youth Development. “She’s passionate about the 4-H program, and we’re eager to see youths in her 4-H clubs become amazing individuals 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.
In her role as Jefferson County’s 4-H youth development agent, Johnson will manage 4-H youth development programming across the county. She hopes to foster new partnerships with local organizations to further enhance the youth development opportunities available to youths in every part of the county.
“Through my experience as an Extension Service 4-H agent, I have seen the positive, lifelong affect 4-H programming can have on youths,” she said. “I’m excited to hit the ground running in Jefferson County and to look at ways to develop creative collaborative 4-H programs to give all our county youths opportunities and activities that have the ability to truly change their lives.”
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. Keep up with the latest in WVU Extension Service news on Facebook and Twitter by following @WVUExtension.