Extension educator receives White House Champion of Change Award

Michigan State University Extension 4-H educator Kea Boyd received a White House Champion of Change Award Oct. 9 with 11 other leaders from 4-H and the FFA at an event in the White House Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington D.C. Each week, the White House recognizes a different group of Americans who are making positive change in their communities.

Kea was the first staff member hired to coordinate the Wayne County 4-H Mentoring Program. In her role, Kea oversees day-to-day mentoring program activities and provides supervision and support to 4-H mentoring staff members working with mentor/mentee case management. She also oversees mentor and mentee pre-match and on-going training, and efforts to communicate with volunteers, parents and young people. She creates connections to support mentees and mentors.

Each Champion of Change writes a blog that appears on the Champions of Change website. Please make sure you take the time to read Kea’s blog, “Conquer the Unthinkable.” She does a tremendous job of explaining the role of 4-H and then more specifically the role of the Wayne County 4-H Mentoring Program.

Kea is quick to give credit to others in the program.

“I didn’t accept the award on my behalf but on the behalf of the whole Wayne County and statewide 4-H mentoring programs. I also accepted the award on behalf of all the mentors who have participated in the program and the youth who benefited from the program,” Kea said.

She found receiving the award a very humbling experience creating memories she will pass on to young people in the program.

Kea said, “I couldn’t believe that I was sitting in the White House and connecting with USDA and National 4-H staff members. I wish I could have met the president or first lady but they were busy campaigning.”

Read Kea’s biography on the White House Champions of Change website.

Read more in this Lansing State Journal article and this Detroit News article.

Congratulations, Kea!

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