University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
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4-H leads once-shy youngster to career in teaching

Jamie was an extremely shy and introverted little girl growing up in Kern County. As a child, she couldn't even look an adult in the eye. To help her develop better social skills, her parents signed her up in a local 4-H Club. Through her interactions with other club members and caring adult volunteer leaders, Jamie began to come out of her shell. She discovered some things she was good at through 4-H, and that experience gave her more confidence to try other new things. Jamie became a proficient public speaker, a skill that helped her get her first job. Eventually she graduated college and today she is helping a new generation of children develop their own talents as a special education teacher. Jamie’s mother confidently proclaims that “4-H saved her life.”

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