Although she wasn't raised on a farm, farmers and agriculture have always intrigued Stephanie Myers. She was first introduced to the world of agriculture at her grandparents' home in rural Indiana.
Myers is the county Extension coordinator and the 4-H Youth Development agent for Evans County, Georgia. Her responsibilities as 4-H agent include creating program policies, promoting community relations and, most importantly, developing sustainable educational programs that will have a positive impact on the students of Evans County.
The biggest issue facing her community is a lack of safe and educational extracurricular activities, and 4-H attempts to fill this gap, Myers said.
UGA Extension and 4-H have been the perfect place for Myers to help youth in Evans County. UGA Extension has given her the platform to experiment with events and activities for young people, she said.
"I appreciate how the environment of Extension allows us to implement opportunities for our young people," Myers said. “(We offer) opportunities that students often see as fun and socially appealing, while injecting educational components.”
Myers strives to prepare each student with the skills needed to be successful in their everyday lives.
"Many youth have come through our program, graduated and indicated they did not feel they would have been prepared for life outside of high school, if not for the opportunities offered through the Evans County 4-H program," she said.
She said her favorite part about her job is the aha! moments when it clicks, and children realize they have conquered a fear or acquired a skill or knowledge.
“Nothing is more rewarding than knowing you’ve had a part in helping a student take their best and make in better!” she said.
Visit the UGA Extension Evans County website for more information about local programs.
Published December 8, 2015
"If I'm not at my desk, you can find me ... conducting a 4-H meeting or attending a 4-H event with students."
- Stephanie Myers, Evans County 4-H Agent
Bachelor’s degree in information technology from American Intercontinental University of Illinois
Evansville, Indiana (Moved to Claxton, Georgia, in 1995)