No stranger to West Virginia University Extension Service programming, Tammy Estep is the new 4-H youth development agent in Mingo County, effective May 18.
Estep has been involved with a number of WVU Extension Service programs over the years, according to Hannah Booth, communications specialist at theWVU Extension Service. She spent eight years working with the agency’s Family Nutrition Program as a nutrition outreach instructor. She also was a 4-H volunteer for many years and previously served as an Energy Express site supervisor. All of which centered around empowering and educating young people in her community.
Estep, originally from Pike County, Kentucky, has lived in Mingo County for nearly 40 years and spent most of her career in early childhood education, working as an early childhood educator in the county for 28 years. She holds an associate degree in early childhood development, a bachelor’s degree in education and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in education.
“It’s clear that Tammy has a desire to work in her community and help serve those around her. And her experience with youths, as well as health and nutrition, gives her a unique perspective to bring to this new role,” said Brent Clark, program director for WVU Extension Service 4-H Youth Development. “I believe she is a great fit to breathe new life into Mingo County’s 4-H youth development programs.”
As the Mingo County 4-H agent, Estep hopes to create an environment that will further enhance the youth development opportunities available to youths in every part of the county.
“4-H provides countless new experiences that help our kids learn, grow and develop into stronger, more resilient leaders for our communities,” Estep said. “I’m looking forward to expanding 4-H programming in Mingo County and building on the connections our community members already have with this program. 4-H has so much to offer our youths, and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to share this program with those around me.”
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