Thursday, April 10, 2014

New 4-H Position Opened for Candidates Who Want to Help Expand Youth Opportunities in Barry County

Contact: Jeremy Elliott-Engel, 4-H Youth Development Specialist
Headquartered in Newton County
Tel: (417) 455-9500

CASSVILLE, Mo. – The Barry County Extension Council has opened a new part-time 4-H youth program assistant position that will be headquartered in Cassville. The position will support the Barry County 4-H program during a time of expansion.

A successful candidate will help create opportunities for youth in the county and support the 4-H organization in partnership with the Regional 4-H Youth Development Specialist, the Barry County Extension Council and community partners.

“The candidate will need to be a self-starter, who is highly organized, proficient in verbal and written communication, and have experience in event planning and management,” said Jeremy Elliott-Engel, 4-H youth development specialist.

Interested candidates can go to for a full job description. The position closes on April 17th.

University of Missouri Extension is funded through a partnership of County, State and Federal dollars. 4-H is the youth program of the United States Department of Agriculture and University of Missouri Extension and the program relies on support from each level to provide local programming. This position is made possible due to increased County Commission support over the next five years in local Barry County Extension funding.

As the largest out-of-school youth organization in the world, 4-H is open to all boys and girls, ages 5 to18. Children who are five to seven years old (by Dec. 2010) are eligible for 4-H Clover Kids, an introductory program.

Currently there are two 4-H clubs in Barry County: Exeter Trailblazers 4-H Club, Exeter; and, the Screeching Eagles 4-H Club, Purdy /Pierce City.

Youths who are 5 to 18 years of age (by Dec. 31, 2012) can select from a variety of 4-H projects and activities that stress social and life skills in areas such as decision making, communication, social interaction, civic responsibility and physical skills.

Missouri 4-H is designed to help to create opportunities for young people to be valued, contributing members of their community. 4-H members are less likely than their non-4-H peers to participate in risky behaviors and are more likely to go to college and return to their local communities according to a study done by Tufts University.

To learn more about 4-H and how to get involved locally go online to or visit the Barry County Extension Center in the County Courthouse, Cassville.

For information on this position contact Jeremy Elliott-Engel at (417) 455-9500 or the Barry County Extension Center at (417)-847-3161.


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