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SHEPHERDSVILLE - Eighteen years ago Jeff Young came to Bullitt County.
His goal was to serve effectively as the leader of the Bullitt County 4-H program with the University of Kentucky Extension Service.
He hopes some of the work has paid off as Young begins his next challenge in life as director director for the extension service.
Young begins his new position of overseeing 15 county extension offices.
“It doesn’t seem that long,” Young said of his 18 years in Bullitt County.
He remembers coming in with two volunteers in the program. Over time, he’s seen that number mushroom.
The shooting sports program started during his tenure and, thanks to a lot of volunteers, Young said it is in the top five clubs in Kentucky.
The extension service has been able to build a large facility off Halls Lane with plenty of room for expansion. And thanks to the growth in the county, the building will be paid off later this fall.
As youngsters have changed over the years, so has the 4-H extension service.
Young said the local group has gotten involved with topics such as leadership and guarding against the dangers of teen pregnancy.
The cooperation with the school system has been excellent over the years and Young said that is a factor in helping the program grow.
“I feel good about what we’ve been able to accomplish due to the volunteers and the staff,” said Young. “I feel very fortunate to be in such a great county.”
While very happy with his current position, Young said he was looking for a new challenge and a new way to help others.
With that in mind, he applied for the district supervisor’s position.
Not only will he have the opportunity to be involved with 15 county operations, including Bullitt, but he will part of the leadership team that has input on the future direction the UK program will take.
Young, who will continue to live in Bullitt County, said he would be traveling a lot, including trips to his Lexington office.
But he will also be able to play a part in the hiring of the next 4-H county agent.
In making his decision, Young said it was very difficult.
Having working with fellow agents Ruth Chowning and Darold Akridge his entire tenure, as well as the office staff and the many volunteers, he said it would be difficult to leave Sept. 30 to start his new job.
“I’ve met a lot of wonderful people in Bullitt County,” said Young. “But now I’m able to meet a lot more wonderful people.”