Demonstrating leadership in innovative programming throughout the pandemic
The Arapahoe County CSU Extension 4-H team was recognized with eight awards at the annual Colorado Association of Extension 4-H Agents Award Banquet Nov. 9, including a special plaque received for the Outstanding County/Area Award. The team worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to design highly engaging, creative youth programming, from virtual baker camps to virtual exchange programs with youth in other states. The leadership demonstrated by the Arapahoe County 4-H Team impacted families statewide.
“Throughout the pandemic, with kids struggling from not being in school, the Arapahoe County 4-H Team has been incredibly innovative in providing engaging virtual opportunities for youth to learn interesting things, practice new skills, and connect with other youth,” said Lisa Mason, CSU Extension Arapahoe County interim director and horticulture agent. “The feedback from all these virtual camps has been amazing! One mom shared that the Baker’s Camp was by far the best Zoom experience her kids had during the pandemic. We are thrilled that the 4-H team has had that level of impact on families across Arapahoe County and Colorado.”
Complete list of CAE4-H awards received:
A special shout out and kudos to Shaylen Florez, Ethan Cahill, Claudia Meeks, and Jean Walton for their leadership and innovation in 4-H youth programming, and thanks to Extension Horticulture Agent Lisa Mason and Family and Consumer Sciences Agent Sheila Gains for additional help and support with these awarded programs.
To learn more about Arapahoe County 4-H, program enrollment, and other CSU Extension programs and services, visit https://arapahoe.extension.colostate.edu/