1ST Place – Amanda Parker, Carroll County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development

Amanda Parker, Carroll County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development, started a new after school 4-H Club which targets Hispanic youth grades 3-8. The club is reaching an underserved audience that is now recruiting their friends to come along to 4-H activities. Six club meetings were held where information included general arts and crafts, cooking, health and nutrition, woodworking and horticulture. As a result, more Hispanic youth attended 4-H Summer Day Camp and regular 4-H Camp. Two Hispanic teens served as teen counselors at camp. The club is ongoing with new plans in place for the present club year.

2nd Place – Mickey Richardson-Porter, Spencer County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development

Mickey Richardson-Porter, Spencer County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development, developed and implemented a series of 4-H programs targeting youth who were at-risk for substance abuse or other destructive behaviors. Due to the success of her efforts, when an alternative school began in Spencer County, 4-H was welcomed as the only out-of-school extracurricular activity allowed to work with this group of youth.


3rd Place - Joan Bowling, Kenton County Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences

A six week class called “Tackling the Tough Skills” is taught by Joan Bowling, Kenton County Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences to felony offenders. The series includes instruction on taking responsibility for actions, changing attitudes, improving communication skills, conflict resolution, decision making, problem solving and employability skills. The Probation Office reports a significant increase in how quickly graduates of the program obtain employment and make better life decisions.


Willie Howard, Jefferson County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development, and a 4-H leader started an after-school Youth Leadership Program at a local middle school. Topics included assessing leadership styles, getting along with others, working with groups, and communications. Thirty percent of the participants were minority youth and more than half were first time 4-H participants.


Hopkins County Horticulture Agent, Matt Fulkerson, introduced inmates at the Hopkins County Jail to the science and art of horticulture. Inmates raised a two acre garden, growing $21,000 worth of fruits and vegetables that were used at the jail to feed the inmates and jail workers. Not only did the inmates gain skills in fruit and vegetable production, but they also gained a sense of pride for what they accomplished and became familiar with the human issues of horticulture.


Team Award Nominations

1st Place - Henry County

Learning about the Black Schools that were once prevalent in their community and how local individuals were involved in the Underground Railroad are just a couple of examples of how Henry County’s “Celebration of Education” emphasized cultural awareness and diversity. The year-long celebration was planned and conducted by the Henry County Extension Council along with Extension Agents Maryellen Garrison (FCS), Steve Moore (ANR), and Cathy Toole (4-H). It included 5 separate projects with the purpose of recognizing the value of all types of education in the county. Extension was one of the groups recognized for its role in providing out-of-school educational opportunities.


2nd Place – Shelby County

Sheila Fawbush (FCS) and Regina Browning (4-H), Shelby County Extension Agents, along with Extension leaders, were involved it several efforts to reach the growing Hispanic population. Knitting and sewing classes and nutrition programs were held for young Hispanic/Latino mothers. Spanish classes were offered at the Shelby County Extension Office and Extension was part of a Heritage Festival, highlighting the foods, arts and crafts of several cultural groups.


3rd Place – Jefferson County

Jefferson County 4-H Agents Willie Howard and Dennis Ruhl planned and conducted a 4-H Environmental and Team Building Camp. The 3-day camp provided 96 inner-city youth the opportunity to learn about the environment, life skills, and leadership in a non-traditional outdoor setting. For some youth it was the first time they had been out of the city. As a result of the camp, and additional ongoing training, Jefferson County now has a more diverse group of youth to serve in leadership roles.

The “Super Summer Day Camp” in Fulton County was a four-day program that offered limited resource and/or minority youth positive messages, encouraged physical activity, and provided nutritious meals and wholesome fun. Extension Agents Sara Bogle (FCS), Cam Kenimer (ANR), Melissa Goodman (4-H), and program assistant Letitia Caldwell (EFNEP), worked together to provide this summer experience for youth. The Fulton staff also involved other agencies in the community to present programs and provide financial support.

Extension Agents Sherrill Bentley (4-H) and Sally Mineer (FCS) along with Program Assistant Diana Wilson, have been working with elementary and middle-school youth who have disabilities. The Functionally Mentally Disabled (FMD) students made bread and completed an aquaculture project. School personnel noticed increased self-esteem in the students and now Extension is doing regular programs with this audience.


Kentucky AgrAbility helps individuals with temporary or permanent disabilities overcome limitations through modifying equipment, making homes and farms more accessible, and helping link families to additional resources. In addition to Extension, other partners in Kentucky AgrAbility are Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, the UK Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute, and the Kentucky Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. The Project Director is John Hancock.


Extension Professionals in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio joined together to organize a tri-state Diversity Conference focused on ethnic and cultural foods, from how they are produced to how they are consumed. Conference attendees were pleased with the wide variety of sessions and reported they plan to use the information they learned. Representing Kentucky on the 2006 conference planning committee were: Rosie Allen, Gallatin County Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences, Gae Broadwater, KSU Specialist for Community & Economic Development, and Charlene Jacobs, Central Region Program and Development Coordinator.


For eight years the Annual Four River Counties Women in Agriculture Conference has addressed the changing issues that women face on the farm. The event attracts 80 to 90 women, ages 25 to 65, many of whom do not participate in other Extension sponsored programs. Educational programs offered at the event have included topics such as farm estate planning, farm safety, and value-added agricultural products. This year’s program was planned and coordinated by Extension Agents Sara Bogle (Fulton FCS), Debbie Colvin (Ballard FCS), Melissa Goodman (Hickman FCS), and Carla Harper (Carlisle ANR).


Extension Associate Amanda Abnee Gumbert and Extension Specialist Doug McLaren worked with Jefferson County ESL teacher, Scott Wade, to plan and conduct a GPS project which would lead students on a Voyage of Discovery. The high school students, representing at least 14 different nationalities, learned how to navigate using a GPS unit. The students, using technology, worked across cultural boundaries and language barriers to achieve a common goal. The activity helped to bridge the gap between people from different countries.


Calling All Colors is a one-day event designed to increase awareness of diversity among youth. Students from different schools participate in workshops on cultural diversity and conflict resolution. Students return to their schools and implement their action plan to expand diversity efforts on an ongoing basis. The event is coordinated by McCracken County 4-H Agents Robert Tashjian and Danielle Rudolph and the Paducah Interracial Women’s Group President, Tina White.