A native of Parkersburg, Alyson Carozza grew up as a Wood County 4-H’er. She developed a passion for extension work at a young age.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and extension education from West Virginia University, Carozza started her career as an agricultural educator at Robert C. Byrd High School in Clarksburg, West Virginia.
“When this position came open, I thought I would be a really good fit for the area. Working for WVU Extension Service is something new and out of my comfort zone,” Carozza said.
“As someone who grew up in WVU Extension programs, Alyson brings her passion and purpose to the team,” said Brent Clark, program director for WVU Extension Service 4-H Youth Development. “We are looking forward to seeing how she will shape programming in Wirt County.”
As she continues in her role, Carozza hopes to grow the county 4-H program but admits that it will present certain challenges in a virtual format.
“I know recruiting will be a little difficult in the virtual world we are now living in, and internet access can be limited for some families,” Carozza said. “But I am hoping to get creative in ways we recruit this year to grow our participation numbers for 4-H.”
In addition to growing the 4-H program, Carozza plans to implement adult programming, like Dining with Diabetes.
Although today’s world looks much different than the past, Carozza is happy to serve the folks in her community.
Carozza used the communication skills she’s learned along the way to come up with innovative ways to connect with the community—whether it’s through Zoom calls, emails, texts, or social media.
Carozza’s personal experience growing up in 4-H allowed her the opportunity to be familiar with the program that she is passionate about. She said she hopes her love for the program will provide her with a better perspective on how to best meet the needs of youths in her county.
“I know the things that I enjoyed and I loved getting out of it, so I’m hoping that will provide me with knowledge and understanding of the unique needs of the youths I serve. I want to foster that same passion in them that I had growing up in 4-H.”
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