CHARLESTON — West Virginia University Extension Agent Jeremy Farley met with area legislators to discuss the future of youth development programs in Logan County during WVU Day at the Legislature.
Farley spoke about the increased need for access to WVU Extension Service programs such as 4-H and Energy Express. The need to reduce teenage tobacco use, childhood diabetes and childhood obesity were also points of emphasis.
West Virginia Senators Arthur Kirkendoll (Logan) and Ron Stollings (Boone) also expressed their concerns to Farley. They noted the numerous benefits of youth league sports, clubs, and activities. They also talked about the importance of WVU Extension Service’s role in promoting healthier lifestyles for children and families.
“We need more activities for our youth,” Kirkendoll said, “I’ve always been a proponent of sports and physical fitness. The WVU Extension Service delivers the knowledge from the University to our local communities. They run the 4-H camps that help inspire and educate adolescents, and they coordinate the Energy Express program that supports literacy and nutrition for kids during the summer. They make a difference in so many people’s lives.”
Legislators also stressed the need for youth access to ATV safety programming.