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May 20, 2014

Davis: Reaching out to young people is key

TIFTON —

Lynn Davis didn’t pursue a career in University of Georgia Extension. It was only by “accident” that Davis found her dream job as a 4-H agent in Turner County.

Turner County youth have benefited by Davis’ accidental profession.

“Agriculture is really at the heart of this community, and we don’t have a lot of resources. Therefore, our young people really want extra-curricular activities, and their parents want that for them too,” Davis said. 

Those activities include trips to camp, state competitions and visits to the UGA campus in Athens. It’s the little things that make these out-of-town excursions worthwhile for Davis.

“We went to Athens for a state livestock judging contest and there were three children that had never been north of Macon. Knowing that you’re exposing them and letting them see the University of Georgia campus, helping kids make up a bed for the first time and helping kids make a collect call home - those are the things that let you know you’re teaching them lifelong lessons,” Davis said.

Some of Turner County’s top students credit 4-H for their continued success. Take Will Walker for example. A salutatorian in his 2011 graduating class, Walker attends UGA in Athens and was inducted into the UGA Arts Society this year. His other accomplishments include being named president of the county council, while serving as district and state board officer for 4-H.

“He has a good head on his shoulders. He was very goal-oriented. You just knew that he believed in himself,” Davis said. “Through the years he just kept checking off what his to-do list was. He knew what he wanted to be one day. Helping him take that path and encouraging him in what he could do from a leadership capacity was very rewarding.”

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Jensen Rainey (left) and Josie Arant will both be participating in the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship next week in North Carolina.

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