With 13 years of experience working in various West Virginia University programs, Raegan DeVor brings her extensive background and passion for 4-H with her as she joins the WVU Extension team in Wyoming and McDowell counties as agent-in-training, effective June 8.
Before this role, DeVor was a program assistant with WVU Extension in Mercer County. She also served in 12 after school programs and assisted with clubs within that role.
DeVor holds an associate’s degree in computer science, a bachelor’s in elementary education and a master’s in instructional design and technology.
As a program assistant in Mercer County, DeVor was fortunate to see the positive effects the 4-H program has on the community. She witnessed local youths become more confident and comfortable in their authentic selves.
“I love to say that they just had the light turned on. I love seeing those ‘ah-ha’ moments,” DeVor said.
“We’re glad to have Raegan back on the WVU Extension team,” Brent Clark, program director for WVU Extension 4-H Youth Development stated. “She has years of experience with the 4-H program, and we are excited to see how she will take on this new role.”
As the new county agent, DeVor is eager to help youths learn how to become better citizens by giving back to their communities.
“I look forward to seeing the local youths grow into productive, helpful citizens of the community thanks to the 4-H programming that taught them to use their head, heart, hands and health in everything they do,” DeVor said.
Stepping into her new role, DeVor first wants to learn about the folks in her community to discover what she can bring to the table as a 4-H agent. As for the long term, she plans to build a strong and sustainable 4-H program that youths will love and find a place of belonging in the process.
“Some of the best friends I have are thanks to the 4-H program. I want kids to have their own 4-H family—like I did and still do,” DeVor said.
As she embarks on her new journey, DeVor views patience is the most important skill she has at hand. She said patience is the backbone of working with any program, as you need it while talking, listening and working with others.
To learn more about new opportunities in the 4-H program, visit extension.wvu.edu or contact your local WVU Extension office. Keep up with the latest in WVU Extension news on Facebook and Twitter by following @WVUExtension.