Our Mission

Empowerment Through Education


Preparing youth for the workforce is a major concern. Employers are reporting that young workers lack key skills and attributes necessary for success in today’s workplace. Companies are asking for young adults who have applied skills in communication, leadership, teamwork, and problem solving. Extension’s Knowledge Economy initiative has identified “Employment Success” as an area of focus because of the changing nature of the 21st century workplace.

4-H has always helped prepare youth for the workforce. Youth develop life skills through 4-H projects and experiences such as being a camp counselor. However, to be most effective, we need to intentionally link our work with young people to workforce preparation, and better document and report our impacts to stakeholders.