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.