Washington State 4-H Youth Development Program

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Spotlight – Snohomish County

Phoebe Bachleda

WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

 How long have you been at the county office? 
Since July 2005.

Where did you grow up?
Lombard, Illinois.

Favorite activities/interests:
Being outside, walking, hiking, quilting, drawing, gardening, camping, meditating.

What do you enjoy the most about working in 4-H?
I like working with groups of youth and/or adults and watch how they work together to create their activities.  I love seeing how people young and old, change and grow and take on new challenges.  I really enjoy working with the Tulalip youth and I’m currently creating a new partnership with the YMCA to attract multicultural youth to 4-H.  I also enjoy utilizing the challenge activities at 4-H activities. 

How have you seen 4-H help youth as they develop and grow?
When I was first hired, I was approached by a young 4-H youth who wanted to raise money for a Wildlife Center.  This youth was shy and was struggling a bit in school.  Her parents supported her and she convinced some fellow 4-H youth to join with her.  This youth had to jump through a great many bureaucratic hoops to organize a walk–a-thon at a local park.  She ran into many obstacles but she did not give up.  She became more outgoing and her grades in school improved She recently aged out and is now an enrolled 4-H leader and she is mentoring other 4-H youth.

Phoebe Bachleda
Program Coordinator
WSU Snohomish County Extension 4-H

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