Rebekah Greene, Tattnall County 4-H and Youth Development Agent and four-time Master 4-H’er, realized at a young age that she wanted to pursue a career in agriculture. Influenced by her parents and longtime Extension agent Connie Page, Greene seeks to help young people grow and learn in the field of agriculture.
“As I grew up through the 4-H program, I developed a passion for the hands-on, informal educational style that allowed agents to reach youth from a diversity of backgrounds and ability levels,” said Greene. “My role as a 4-H agent is to help teach youth in our rural community valuable life skills through a variety of programs that capture their interest.”
She has been very successful in implementing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education opportunities for her 4-H’ers and has also bolstered participation in the livestock show team since she began her work in Burke County in 2013.
Greene transferred to Tattnall County in August of 2016 and has hit the ground running. She’s looking forward to working with the county’s large group of project achievement participants, learning more about the archery program, and getting to help with the annual pig show.
She also began a countywide 4-H leadership council that includes seventh through twelfth grade representatives from all schools in the county to promote leadership training and opportunities.
Getting the word out about the impact of 4-H can be tough, according to Greene. “I wish more people knew just how valuable the skills that we teach are. Resume building, public speaking, interview skills, teamwork, independence, responsibility - all of these things are essential to being a successful adult in the workforce,” she said. “How better to learn them than through 4-H where you can also make new friends and have supportive adult mentors?”
Although working with youth can be challenging at times, Greene says that investing in the lives of young people is extremely gratifying for agents.
“The most rewarding part of my job is getting to witness how the young people set and achieve goals through the program,” said Greene. “Whether their goal is to win a judging team competition or simply give their first speech in front of an audience, I enjoy seeing them succeed. The young people I work with inspire me on a daily basis with their compassion for others, their resilience through tough situations, and their perseverance to achieve their goals.”
Visit the UGA Extension Tattnall County website for more information about local programs.
Published October 7, 2016
Rebekah Bowen Greene
Tattnall County - Reidsville
"If I’m not at my desk, I am probably... at a judging team practice, a livestock show or a club meeting."
- Rebekah Greene, Tattnall 4-H Agent
A.S. Agricultural Communication, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
B.S. Agricultural Communication, University of Georgia
M.S. Agricultural Communication, University of Tennessee, Knoxville