Nicholas County West Virginia University Extension Service welcomed Amy Walker as the county’s newest 4-H agent, effective April 6. While Nicholas County is new territory for Amy, she’s certainly not new to WVU Extension Service nor the 4-H program.
When her family moved back to the United States, Walker began her 4-H journey before the age of 2 as a 4-H Cloverbud in Washington state. She went on to become a 4-H member, youth leader, adult leader and volunteer.
From 2011 until 2016, Walker had the opportunity to serve as the 4-H youth development program assistant in the Webster County WVU Extension Service office. During that time, she got a taste of what it was like to be on the administrative side of the program. So, when the Nicholas County position became available, Walker knew she was meant to be in the role.
“We are glad to have Amy return as part of the 4-H youth development team,” Brent Clark, program director, WVU Extension Service 4-H Youth Development said. “Given her personal experience with various roles of the program, Amy has a unique insight into the positive, lifelong benefits of the program for both local youths and the community.”
Walker obtained her bachelor’s degree in English with minors in biology and green studies from Davis and Elkins College. She then went on to earn her master’s degree in agriculture science from Colorado State University.
As Nicholas County’s newest 4-H youth development agent, Walker looks forward to affecting positive change within the county 4-H program. By relying on the county’s strong volunteer base for guidance, she wants to increase 4-H participation among county youths—particularly growing interest in the relatively new shooting sports and STEM programs.
“I hope to foster a more unified environment for the program by bringing 4-H’ers together from across the county to collaborate on activities and events,” Walker said. “I also plan to empower the county’s teen leaders, so they become role models and recruiters for the next generation of 4-H’ers.”
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