Starke County 4-H Director Receives Youth Development Program Award

A Starke County 4-H extension director was recently awarded the 2013 4-H Youth Development Successful Program Award at the Purdue Extension Professional Development Conference. Elisabeth L. Smith, Starke County Extension director and Extension educator, 4-H Youth Development, earned the award, which was created to honor individuals across the state of Indiana who have excelled in the promotion and marketing of the 4-H youth organization.

Smith successfully increased enrollment in the 4-H program by 17 percent throughout Starke County this year, utilizing radio interviews, advertisements in local papers and distribution of fliers throughout local elementary schools.

Enrollment for Starke County’s 4-H continues through Jan. 31, 2014. To enroll, visit

Starke County’s 4-H open enrollment is going on now, through January 31, 2014. Thank you so much for all that you do to promote the 4-H program in our community. We appreciate you!