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
“(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.