Owen recognized for service to 4-H

submitted to dorchester banner/Dorchester 4-H  The Dorchester County Council recognized Navonne Owen with an official Commendation on June 5. The Commendation recognized Navonne for providing three years of devoted service to the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension. Her display of exemplary attributes, dedicated and loyal service as Dorchester County’s 4-H Agent has been a valuable component in creating opportunities for youth of all ages to build essential life skills.

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The Dorchester County Council recognized Navonne Owen with an official Commendation on June 5. The Commendation recognized Navonne for providing three years of devoted service to the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension. Her display of exemplary attributes, dedicated and loyal service as Dorchester County’s 4-H Agent has been a valuable component in creating opportunities for youth of all ages to build essential life skills.

CAMBRIDGE — Navonne Owen began her career with the University of Maryland Extension-Dorchester in 2015. Since then, Navonne has played a critical role in the development and success of the Dorchester 4-H Program. We want to thank her for her 3 years of dedicated service which involved many significant accomplishments, including:

• Increasing volunteers by 50 percent (growing from 9 to now 46 volunteers)

• 4-H Membership has increased by 50 percent (from 40 to now 80 members)

• Outreach has grown by leaps and bounds! We now provide programing to over 1,200 youth, up from 300 in 2015

• New partnerships with the Dorchester County Library and the Empowerment Center

• Added two new 4-H clubs in Cambridge, 4-H Robotics Afterschool Club and Groove City 4-H Club

• Implemented partnerships with the 21st Century Afterschool Program and Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

• Initiated the first Annual Recognition Dinner, which has grown from 70 people to 130 people

Navonne is an educator with 16 years of experience in extension practice and 4-H youth development programming. She has a Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum and Instruction with University of Phoenix; and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture & Animal Science with Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, Pa.
A statement from the Cooperative Extension said, “We cannot thank Navonne enough for the dedication, passion, enthusiasm and motivation she has given the Dorchester 4-H program. “

The 4-H program is delivered by Cooperative Extentsion, a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation that provides experiences where young people learn by doing, the organization’s website said.

“Kids complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture and citizenship, in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles,” the statement said.

There is a network of 500,000 volunteers working with 4-H across the country, who serve about 6 million participants. To learn more about the group, visit www.4-h.org.

The Dorchester County 4-H & Youth office is at 501 Court Lane. Call 410-228-8800 for information. Hours of operation are 8-4:30 p.m.
Extension services can be reached at 410-228-8976.

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