Abbigail Barber, originally from King’s Mountain, is the new 4-H and Youth Development Officer for Lenoir County. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science and a double major in Animal Science and Technological Science. She has lived in the area for about three years now.
“I wanted to become a 4-H agent in hopes of having a positive and lasting impact on the lives of our young people in this community that they can take with them throughout their lives,” Barber said.
Barber loves hands-on learning and feels lucky to have these learning experiences at the Extension. She has always enjoyed working with young people and is excited to learn about areas like agriculture, animal husbandry, healthy lifestyles, STEM and civic engagement with them.
“I hope to get out into the community and let everyone know what we offer through the Lenoir County 4-H program,” Barber said. “I want to invite all young people in our community to join and be part of our engaging, educational and fun programs and activities.”
Its goal is to create a 4-H program based on what youth in the community want and need. She hopes to attract young members and volunteers who are dedicated and eager to learn.
“We actively shape the lives of our youth, providing them with values of responsibility, leadership and a sense of empowerment,” Barber said. “Young people are able to showcase their skills in district and state programs and competitions, which provides them with great experience for the future.”
Barber believes that 4-H is a great way to involve youth in the community and that 4-H connects youth to the farming community.
“I’m so grateful to Extension for giving me this opportunity and I’m so excited to grow this program in Lenoir County,” Barber said. “I look forward to meeting more people in the community and building meaningful relationships with many.”