Unbelievably I am finishing up my second semester with the 4-H foundation and I do not think it would be possible for me to explain how much this organization has impacted me as a student, employee, and person. Eight months ago when I began my internship I knew it would be a great experience, but it ended up being much more than that and somewhat of a life lesson for me.
What I have learned is that 4-H is all about opportunity and growth. It allows for children, teens and even adults to experience life and learn so many valuable skills that will build them into intelligent, loving, and caring inviduals. This became very evident to me when I began interviewing 4-H staff and hearing what they had to say about their positions and duties. Each and every person I interviewed was so passionate about 4-H and their responsibilites to this organization. They all love their jobs and they are truly out to better our youth and the communities we live in. Hearing and learning from the staff was the best part of my internship and I hope that I will be this passionate about my future career! Even on busy and stressful days I still see smiles and everyone really comes together to achieve the goals of 4-H. These are the kind of people that make an organization like 4-H grow and prosper.
This summer I will be interning with Colorado 4-H in Colorado Springs, Colorado and I am really excited about it! I already have a lot of projects and events to attend so I think it will be an amazing summer. I am interested to see the similarities and differences between 4-H in the two states and hopefully I can bring some new ideas as well as learn even more about 4-H from them. I am so lucky I was given this opportunity and I believe I have really grown from this experience and will continue to do so because of 4-H and the people who have guided me a long the way.
So....What does 4-H mean to me? It means an adventure, an opportunity, and a place to learn and grow no matter what age you are!
By: Erika Pletcher