4/30/21: Dear Empowering Youth and Families Program Staff,
I just want to thank you all for the opportunity to work with the NCSU Empowering Youth and Families Program as the Pender County Program Assistant. These past few years have been a tremendous growing experience for me. Working with EYFP has honed my networking skills and taught me how to plan a program with the support of community organizations and families. I have learned how to plan around many different schedules, manage a budget, and recruit facilitators and volunteers. EYFP has enhanced my communication and organizational skills and has increased my knowledge of technology tremendously.
I have met some of the best people due to being involved in this program. The team at the University level has always been there to support the program assistants and keep the grant running smoothly. They have consistently kept the lines of communication open and have been there even when the going got tough. Covid was a huge hurdle that the EYFP management team was able to navigate all the EYFP counties through. During a pandemic, we were able to continue programming and even held a community event in Pender County! It was a monumental task, but they managed to successfully support the program. The management team and county program assistants I have gotten to work with are some of the finest people I have had the privilege to work with in my career.
I will now take all these skills and use them to work for NC Cooperative Extension as the Pender County 4-H Agent. I will continue supporting the Pender County EYFP program and help train the new program assistant. Thank you for this invaluable growth opportunity and I look forward to continuing working with you all in the future.
Traci Spencer, Pender County 4-H