Washington State 4-H Youth Development Program

County Staff Spotlights

King County

Nancy Baskett

WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

Nancy BaskettHow long have you been at the county office?
I have been a volunteer leader for nine years. As WSU staff I spent 19 years in Pierce County and, so far, two and a half years in King County.

Where did you grow up?

Favorite activities/interests:
I raise rabbits, play guitar with choir at church, and am a fan of the Seattle Storm, Seahawks and Mariners. I’m also President of Women of Vision NGO.

Were you in 4-H as a youth?
I was in a club for eight years.  My projects were rabbits, forestry, astronomy, creative arts, photography, leather crafting, wildlife, and natural resources.

What did you like the most?
As projects I would have to say rabbits and leather crafting. Overall, I liked the friends I met in 4-H. I had 4-H friends in high school and they helped me through the tough teen years.

 How did your time in 4-H help you over the years?
I think doing public presentations and keeping record books helped me the most in my career in retail and, later, in the wholesale field. I was asked to go to Siberia to teach women to raise rabbits as well as to teach 4-H methodology. This led me to go to college and now I have my Master’s degree in Organization Management.  Now, I teach youth public speaking skills.

What do you enjoy most about working in 4-H? 
I enjoy conducting trainings for adults and youth. This is a time when I can interact with members and leaders on a more personal level. I enjoy watching both leaders and youth grow with new leadership skills.

How have you seen 4-H help youth as they develop and grow?
Through the many years I have been involved in 4-H, I have seen countless numbers of youth grow from being shy, beginning 4-H members to strong, confident youth helping out with the younger members in their club. I have seen 4-H’ers use what they have learned in their careers. My niece joined my 4-H club when she was primary and after she had her own children she started a club. Today, she uses the skills she learned in 4-H in her job at a veterinary clinic.

What else would be good to know?
Having supported women in Siberia and being involved with the 4-H Japanese exchange program, I know 4-H positively impacts youth here in my community and around the world.

Nancy Baskett
Extension Educator
WSU Extension King County

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