Washington State 4-H Youth Development Program

County Staff Spotlights

Whatcom County

Michael Wallace

WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

Michael Wallace and kidsHow long have you been at the county office?
Five years.

Where did you grow up? 
All over the West. I was born in Tulsa, moved to Calgary, Alberta where I lived until I was about 12 and then spent my teen years in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I have been in Washington about 15 years.

Favorite activities/interests:
I love the arts and have been dedicated to theatre almost my whole life. (Received a BAFA from UNM in 1990.)  I enjoy the outdoors and feel a deep connection to the natural world.  I try to keep a regular yoga practice and have been at it since about 1985.

What do you enjoy most about working in 4-H? 
I like the fact that 4-H focuses on being inclusive rather than exclusive and I try to encourage my parents and volunteers to embrace the value of that.  Over the years I have also really come to appreciate the effectiveness of POSITIVE youth development in a world that often seems driven to only want to look at things that are broken. 4-H youth are strong, connected and frequently inspiring.

How have you seen 4-H help youth as they develop and grow? 
4-H gives young people and their friends a sense of responsibility and connection, and positive ways to focus their time and talents. It produces leaders.

Michael Wallace
WSU Whatcom County Extension
4-H Extension Educator


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