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Youth Educator Recognized Twice

May 23, 2007

Larry Barker, UNH Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Educator in Coos County, is the recipient of two awards in recognition of his outstanding work with youth, the Governor's Award for Outstanding Volunteer Manager, and the Children and Youth Pinnacle Award, presented by the American Legion Fredonwarell Post 17 of Groveton.

The Volunteers of Coos County nominated Barker for the Governor’s Award, which recognizes individuals for their excellence in program management, initiative in developing available resources, and development and management of a volunteer program at the local and/or state level.

Working annually with more than 300 4-H volunteers within Coos County, Barker understands the importance of an effective volunteer management system that includes recruitment, screening, training and recognition. He also serves as the statewide specialist in the 4-H Shooting Sports Certification program where he has written and implemented policies to ensure ethical behavior of both adults and youth in the program.

The Children and Youth Pinnacle Award, presented by the Fredonwarell Post 17, is given to an organization, agency or individual with “unsurpassed dedication and commitment to the health, education and welfare of our youth.” Barker was recognized for his work with youth sports, children’s substance abuse prevention and the 4-H Youth Development program in Coos County.

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