Carrie Tilghman Derossett is now serving as Logan County’s newest Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development. Derossett took over for Gary Michael Templeman in September.
The Logan County Extension Service, as well as the community, has gotten a highly educated and very experienced agent with the hiring of Derossett. Coming from a farm family herself where he father Gary Tilghman has served as Barren County’s 4-H agent for the past 20 plus years, Derossett is no stranger to the field.
“I grew up in 4-H and on a farm,” said Derossett. “I was always at the extension office when I was a child, attended the camps, showed cows, and went to most activities held. I just loved all things 4-H related.”
Derossett graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors in Agriculture and a Masters in Animal Science. She worked at the Kentucky 4-H Office while attending UK and then worked as Beef Coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture for 14 4-H and FFA Beef Shows across the state.
“I think 4-H offers a lot of great opportunities for the youth of our communities,” said Derossett. “4-H offers something for everyone. There is a perception that it’s all about agriculture, but there is so much more. There is a program for every child. Becoming involved in 4-H offers opportunities to make a difference.”
Derossett is looking forward to continuing the success of Logan County’s 4-H program and adding to it as well.
“I am glad to be serving this community and I am looking towards the future of the youth who live here. We are going to have lots of fun and learn along the way,” said Derossett.
Derossett and her husband Daryl have one son, Tillman, who is 6 months old.
4-H Youth Development is part of Kentucky Cooperative Extension. Extension’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of Kentucky citizens through non-formal education for the entire family. Extension agents and volunteers take the results of university research and explain it in such a way that different age groups can learn and apply the information to their own lives.
4-H is a youth organization committed to building outstanding leaders with marketable skills to succeed in today’s global society. 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults. Head, Heart, Hands, and Health are the four Hs in 4-H which represent the four values members work on through fun and engaging programs.
· Head – Managing, Thinking
· Heart – Relating, Caring
· Hands – Giving, Working
· Health – Being, Living
4-H’ers, regardless of their background, socio-economic status, race or gender, benefit from their participation in Kentucky 4-H. Positive youth development studies have affirmed that compared to other youth, young people involved in 4-H are about:
· Four times more likely to contribute to their communities.
· Two times more likely to be civically active.
· Two times more likely to make healthier lifestyle choices.
· Two times more likely to participate in Science, Engineering and Computer Technology programs during out-of-school time.
· 4-H girls are two times more likely (Grade 10) and nearly three times more likely (Grade 12) to take part in science programs compared to girls in other out-of-school time activities.
Program areas in 4-H are:
Communications and Expressive Art
Family & Consumer Sciences
Science, Engineering & Technology
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