Oct 242004
Authors: Megan Read

The 4-H Youth Development Program, part of CSU Cooperative

Extension, named Jeff Goodwin as its new director in September.

Goodwin earned his doctorate in agriculture education at Texas

A&M and has since been working with the 4-H program and youth

on many levels. As the new 4-H Youth Development Program director,

Goodwin will be faced with many obstacles.

“There will be a lot of challenges, but I tend to look at those

challenges as opportunities. My responsibility is to make the 4-H

program bigger and better in this state,” Goodwin said.

Goodwin has been greeted in the Colorado 4-H community, said

Northern Regional Director of Cooperative Extension JoAnn


“He’s a welcome addition to our staff because he has a strong

background in youth development. He’s easy to get to know, has a

great sense of humor and is a good listener. He’s focused on making

sure kids get what they need through the 4-H program,” Powell


Powell said Goodwin’s experience will also benefit 4-H


“He’s focused on making sure kids get what they need through the

program,” Powell said.

Four-H is the United States’ largest out-of-school education

program for youth and teaches youth life skills such as leadership,

global awareness and communication, according to a press release.

Four-H also teaches youth other useful life skills through projects

such as cooking, wildlife, archery, science, nutrition, livestock,

photography and sewing. CSU serves as Colorado’s 4-H land-grant

university, which provides the curriculum for the 4-H program.

Colorado has 59 counties with the 4-H program.

Many CSU Cooperative Extension employees are excited to have

Goodwin as a new addition to their staff.

“(Goodwin is) exactly the right person for the program. He’s

forward-looking and demonstrates strong leadership abilities. He

has a clear understanding of the impact that 4-H Youth Development

has on the youth of Colorado,” said Cooperative Extension

Specialist Jan Carroll.

Kathy Wolfe, the extension agent for 4-H youth development in

Larimer County, is also enthusiastic regarding Goodwin’s character

and the positive things she thinks he will bring to the 4-H program

in Colorado.

“(Goodwin) has a strong background in ethics and has work

experience in several different states. I happened to be in the

Western Extension Leadership Development program with him and he

showed that he’s hard working and gets right to the point. He’s

extremely supportive, very knowledgeable and believes in team

work,” Wolfe said.

Goodwin has been serving as director for over a month now and is

hoping to have a positive impact on the 4-H community.

“I like to make things happen for people,” Goodwin said.

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