There are those who “talk” and those who “do.”

More specifically there are those who have a vision of how they would like things to be but lack consistent action. Then there are others who share similar aspirations and commit to walking in the direction of change. Our 4-H volunteers have proven to be the latter.

We are living through stressful times right now. The Halifax County 4-H program would not be able to serve youth in the capacity that it does without the support of its committed volunteers. What does our team of 4-H Volunteers look like? They consist of parents, educators, firefighters, EMTs, nurses, farmers, community leaders, business owners and everything in between. The fact that our volunteers are from many different areas within the county has equipped our 4-H program to meet the diverse needs of youth in various communities. Youth need safe spaces to develop their interests and skills. Having a volunteer team with such a diverse skill set is an invaluable advantage.

A foundational component of our 4-H program is to equip youth with a tool belt of life skills that would empower them to be productive members of whatever community they find themselves in as they transition to adulthood. Our volunteers, with their combined life experiences, play the guide for our 4-H’ers as they discover activities and subjects that interest them. In 4-H we describe that discovery moment as a 4-H’ers “spark.” It’s their “aha moment” that drives them into a rabbit hole of curiosity, eventually leading to mastery. As adults, we can probably pinpoint our own “spark” moment that launched us into the work that we find meaningful at this time in our lives.

I encourage you to be the guide in the life of someone’s story this year. Call us at 252-583-5161 or email jerry_edmonds@ncsu.edu to start the process of becoming a 4-H volunteer.

Jerry Edmonds IV is the 4-H Youth Development Agent for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Halifax County Center. He can be reached at 252-583-5161.

Jerry Edmonds IV is the 4-H Youth Development Agent for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Halifax County Center. He can be reached at 252-583-5161.