Stanly County 4-H Receives $3500 Venture Grant

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women holding big checkStanly County 4-H is pleased to announce it has received a $3,500 Venture Grant from United Way. This grant is a non-recurring grant awarded to qualifying nonprofits to meet emerging or unmet needs as well as innovative solutions to local issues. These funds will be used to support Stanly County 4-H’s pilot program: Youth Leadership Stanly. Beginning in August, Stanly County 4-H will begin to recruit junior and senior high school students for this 10-month program.

Throughout the duration of the project, youth will have the opportunity to work closely with government officials, understand the workings of local government, complete an entrepreneurship project, participate in a variety of community service projects, and discover the many great aspects of Stanly County.

Kacie Hatley, local 4-H agent, comments, “I think it is important that we provide ample opportunities in leadership and citizenship for our youth. The kids who complete this program will be our leaders of tomorrow. This is more than just an investment in our youth–it is an investment in our community.”

Currently, Stanly County 4-H is partnering with the Chamber of Commerce and United Way to bring this new endeavor to life. The Rotary Club also awarded 4-H with a $500 grant for Youth Leadership Stanly. Stanly County Chamber of Commerce has implemented this program in the past. It is these partnerships that will deliver this project from an idea into a reality.

N.C. Cooperative Extension of Stanly County director, Lori Ivey, added, “We are excited about our new youth leadership program where our teens can learn more about our community and important leadership skills. We are thankful for our funding partner, United Way of Stanly County. Without the Venture Grant, this program would not be possible.”

United Way Executive Director Salem Taylor stated “Our Venture Grants help new ideas take shape and become new programs, and a youth leadership opportunity would be tremendously beneficial for Stanly County. We need to encourage and inspire our next generation to be passionate about their community and hopefully, live and work here.”

Stanly County 4-H plans to release application materials in mid-June. They continue to seek partnerships and volunteers for this program. For additional information, please contact Kacie Hatley at (704) 983-3987 or kacie_hatley@ncsu.edu.