Washington State 4-H Youth Development Program

County Staff Spotlights

Yakima County

Jenny Loyd

WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

 How long have you been at the county office?
I have been with 4-H in the Yakima office since 2007 and worked as a Tree Fruit Research Assistant since 1994.

Where did you grow up?
I was born in Washington DC and grew up in Springfield, Illinois (the Land of Lincoln).

Favorite activities/interests:
Family, hiking, gardening, basketmaking, baseball.

What do you enjoy most about working in 4-H?
What I love most about 4H is watching our young people travel through their different paths in life, learn so much and have fun with a variety of 4H projects.  They become responsible, productive people.  I love "learning by doing.”

How have you seen 4-H help youth as they develop and grow?
Watching youth grow and develop is one of the joys of working in the 4-H program. In public presentation opportunities I have observed young people incrementally increase their audiences from presentations to their project group, then their club, onto area and county contests, and eventually to state. They become fluid public speakers as they grow.  Our record books prepare youth for life, as well as the process of filling out college and scholarship applications.  I have seen shy youth become confident and responsible teens and adults.  Our Yakima County teens have been to state and national 4-H events like National Congress and National Conference and come back having grown from the experiences, made many new friends, and learned life skills.  Through international experiences our youth have made connections with mentors and friends that were sincere, personal and worldwide.  4-H is helping grow citizens and leaders. 

Jenny Loyd
Extension Coordinator
WSU Extension Yakima County
(509) 574-1584

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