Bulloch County has a new agent, and Victoria Tillery said she is excited about taking the county 4-H program to its next level.
Tillery, 24, joined the Bulloch County Extension service in December as a county agent, having served in the past as the area’s 4-H program assistant.
According to the Bulloch county 4-H website, the popular club focuses on promoting ”leadership, citizenship, public speaking and life skills.” It is part of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension service.
Tillery said she enjoys working with young people and youth development activities, and is excited about being involved with the county’s active 4-H groups. “4-H felt like a good fit,” she said about her choice in career after graduation from Georgia Southern University with a degree in children and family development
She also works with area agricultural partners in relation to youth activities, and enjoys her task to “prepare students for work” by developing communications and other skills.
The Effingham High School graduate is still pursuing higher education, seeking a master’s degree from GSU in higher education administration.
Tillery said she hopes to encourage more young people to participate in 4-H, which is introduced in 5-6 grades and offered on a voluntary basis in grades 7-12. The club has many different activities for students including the 4-H Horse Club, the Project SAFE shotgun and archery teams, summer camp at Rock Eagle, livestock showing and judging, competition in the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair mini-booths program, photo contests and more.
“Bulloch County is big into summer camp” and club competition, she said.
While 4-H and area youth take up a great deal of her life, Tillery is also carving out time to plan a wedding. Engaged to Ryan Allen, she plans to get married in December. In the meantime, she also spends a great deal of time with her black Labrador, Mable.
Tillery is available to discuss Bulloch County 4-H or other county extension issues. Contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the 3-H office at (912) 871-6130.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.