06/07/20: In Nash County, Empowering Youth and Families Program (EYFP) has been making connections in their community with amazing partners. They have had the opportunity to work with Director Thomas Gillespie and others of the Nash County Parks and Recreation. The organization is located in downtown Nashville in the Claude Mayo Jr. Administration Building. Gillespie, along with his staff, are very active in the community, managing the day to day activities of parks and recreation for the county. They provide sports and recreational services for the purposes of health, leisure, and entertainment. The agency maintains park facilities and related structures built for sport, recreation, and other programs while also managing all of the activities offered throughout the year. Gillespie has welcomed the opportunity to work with EYFP in order to aid and empower the youth of Nash County. Along with his staff member Tamika Hill, who serves as an EYFP facilitator, Gillespie and the agency are a valued community partner. Nash County EYFP is thankful to be working alongside Nash County Parks and Recreation, which helps provide the opportunity to reach many families and youth within the community.
Lee County EYFP is taking time for reflection on how to improve on their programming and raise awareness of their program within their community. Specifically, the team brainstormed ideas of engaging families while also practicing social distancing in compliance with CDC and NC State University guidelines. They discussed ideas of how to promote what their program has to offer while also helping families feel secure that they would feel safe and comfortable during their time together. EYFP, 4-H State staff, and community partners talked about reshaping what EYFP may look like in the fall within the “new normal” from COVID-19, as well as new ways to reach our community. Even if conditions may fluctuate between now and the fall season, Lee County EYFP wishes to be prepared with plans and strategies to adapt to whatever new changes come to their community. Fall of 2020 will be different, no doubt, but with the support of community partners and volunteers, Lee County EYFP knows they can make the dream work.