New Desha County 4-H county agent Hope Bragg will host a meet-and-greet for Desha County youth interested in learning more about programs offered by 4H. The meet-and-greet will be held January 11 at 10 a.m. at the Desha County Extension office located at 310 Oak Street in McGehee.

The organization was established over 100 years ago to provide youth with quality educational opportunities in subjects they may not have access to through school. In Arkansas, 4-H takes many forms. Some are community clubs and project groups, while others are in-school and afterschool programs, according to Bragg.

“Hundreds of programs engage the minds and hands of our most promising young people,” Bragg said. “We have programs in everything from animal sciences, cooking, horseback riding, shooting sports, and even aeronautics and robotics. Best of all, participation in 4-H is free.”

All 4-H activities are open to all youth between the ages of five and 19 without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, disability or any other legally protected status. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (large print, audiotapes, etc.) should contact the county extension office (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible prior to the activity.

Bragg, recently hired by the University of Arkansas-Division of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension to be a 4-H county agent in Desha County, holds a bachelor’s degree in forestry, as well as master’s degrees in forestry and elementary education. She has been actively involved with Boy Scouts in Monticello for six years, and has been doing environmental education on a volunteer level for more than 15 years.

A native of Michigan, Bragg has lived in Wyoming, Wisconsin, and Utah, and brings a diverse set of experiences to share with the youth of Desha County.