Justin Bower, of Arlington, will complete a joint internship this summer with Ohio 4-H Youth Development and the Franklin County Extension Office, 4-H Youth Development.
During the internship with Ohio 4-H Youth Development, Bower was instrumental in the planning, preparation and implementation of the Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp, including conduction trainings with camp counselors and staff, preparing lessons and supplies, and leading groups. His role ensured campers experienced a safe and enjoyable time at camp, encouraging them to challenge their comfort zones and strengthen their leadership skills.
The Ohio 4-H State Leadership Camp is a five-day leadership experience that develops concrete peer leadership skills that enables participants to have an impact in their home 4-H clubs, county, community, and school. The camp focuses on six pillars of leadership, including: courage, trust, planning and initiative, understanding self and others, motivation, and discipline.
“Justin has been a pleasure to work with this summer. He takes initiative to brainstorm ideas, plan events and activities, and implement them to his fullest potential,” said Hannah Epley, state specialist for 4-H Camping and Older Youth Programs of Ohio 4-H Youth Development. “His enthusiasm spreads to others and encourages youth to stretch their boundaries and try something new. This is a tremendous skill to have, which will benefit Justin in his future endeavors!”
With the Franklin County Extension Office, Bower worked with more than 40 4-H camp counselors preparing them for camp and supporting the Franklin County 4-H camp staff, counselors, and campers during their respective camps. In addition, Bower assisted and led multiple programs including Franklin County Carteens and the Honey Bot Challenge. At the Franklin County Fair, he staffed and facilitated many project and livestock judgings.
Bower will return to Ohio State in August to continue his degree in community leadership. He is the son of Roger and Amy Bower and a graduate of Arlington Local Schools.
The community leadership major prepares Extension educators to lead positive change in their communities. Students complete coursework in program and people development, planning and leadership and gain the skills necessary to work with people of all ages and develop them into agents of change. For additional information on the community leadership major, visit acel.osu.edu or call 614-247-6358.