A new face will now be seen when entering the Wayne County Extension office just off Highway 2. Sara Gillum of Unionville, Mo. recently accepted the position of Wayne County Youth Coordinator that has been vacant since the middle of July.
While she may be a new face to Wayne County, she brings with her a long history of agricultural background that will help with her new role.
“I was raised on a third generation family farm and grew up in 4-H participating in a variety of projects and showed livestock as well,” said Gillum.
Even as her years of being a 4-H participant herself have passed, she has remained active in the livestock industry as her four year-old daughter Kenzie has shown lambs and most recently a mini hereford at open shows.
“We travel a lot on weekends throughout the entire year in our spare time for these shows,” Gillum stated. “Lots of time spent working in the barns.”
Gillum recently made the move to Seymour after accepting this position to not only be employed within the county, but also a resident. With the move to Wayne County she is already looking forward to the new possibilities.
“Wayne County has a very rich background in agriculture being a rural area,” Gillum began. “I hope to increase participation and involvement with 4-H. I want to make kids and parents aware that it isn’t just for farm kids anymore with so many more opportunities.”
“It is more than just livestock and the county fair,” she said. “The opportunities are widespread.”
While she has only been in this new role for just over a month now, she has been busy brainstorming ideas and making plans to see success.
“I am hoping to bring back the afterschool program after the first of next year,” she stated. “I know that was very popular with several kids participating before.”
The afterschool adventures program will be available to elementary aged kids where they will be bussed to the extension office from the elementary school. Different activities including baking and arts and crafts will be planned for the once a month program.
“I am also really trying to bring back youth council as well,” said Gillum. “This will be targeted towards older members including eighth through 12th where they can act as ambassadors for Wayne County.”
“The program was going really well before and I’m wanting to start building that back up again,” she added. “I’m hoping to do some community service projects with those kids as well as leadership trainings and social activities that are fun for them to bond over.”
While the previous youth coordinator was in this position for less than one year, Gillum is making plans to stay.
“I don’t want this to be a short-term job, I see this as a career,” she stated. “It’s something I am passionate about and grew up involved with. I know Wayne County has recently gone through two youth coordinators in a short time frame. That won’t be the case with me.”
“I like what I do and so far it has been great,” she said. “I’m still learning a lot and I’ve been told I will learn continually the first two years. I plan to stick around.”
While she notices Unionville is similar to Corydon in many ways, she is excited for the new opportunity before her with this position.
“It’s incredible to see all these restaurants that a town the size of Corydon is able to support,” she said. “It’s incredible to see a community also willing to give back to 4-H. People are very invested in the youth here and I am excited to work with members of the community and businesses as well.”
Gillum will be working fulltime at the extension office and can be reached Monday through Thursday as well as Friday mornings. If interested in meeting her or needing to contact her she can be reached in office at (641) 872-1755 or by email at email@example.com.
Future events planned for the youth within Wayne County will be shared online at www.extension.iastate.edu/wayne/4h on the events calendar.