Published on 11/26/14

Georgia 4-H agent receives national award for work with military youth

By Sharon Dowdy

Liberty County 4-H agent Kasey Bozeman has been awarded the 4-H Military Partnerships Award by the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents for her work with military youth in Georgia.

The award is a collaborative effort of the U.S. Department of Agriculture; National Institute of Food and Agriculture; 4-H National Headquarters; U.S. Army Child, Youth and School Services; U.S. Air Force Child and Youth Programs and Navy Child and Youth Programs.

Each year, the partnership honors an individual or team with the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Military Partnerships Award. Bozeman received the award at the association's conference on Oct. 30, 2014.

The award recognizes Bozeman's work with military youth and their families. Working with Fort Stewart’s Child, Youth and School Services, Bozeman planned and implemented 4-H activities that reached more than 950 military youth, both on and off installations, over the past two years.

Bozeman manages all aspects of the Liberty County 4-H program by providing educational programs for youth in monthly 4-H club meetings (in-school, after school and at Fort Stewart), coordinating local activities and preparing youth for project and judging events.

In her nomination letter, Bozeman was recognized for her “can-do approach.” The letter went on to state: “[Her] energy, enthusiasm, warmth, and love for what she does is felt by all who encounter her. It is demonstrated by her interest and outpouring of energy, ideas, and support that she gives and portrays in her work.”

In addition to her 4-H duties in Liberty County, Bozeman serves as the Extension coordinator for Long County. Before joining UGA Extension and Georgia 4-H in 2011, she served as the U.S. Air Force Reserve’s family member programs intern/specialist at Robins Air Force Base in Houston County. Bozeman began working with military youth while she was a lead camp counselor at Wahsega 4-H Center.

Sharon Dowdy is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

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