Kimberly A. Guillen, B.S.
County Extension Agent – 4-H & Youth Development
Kimberly Guillen coordinates the 4-H & Youth Development programs in Hidalgo County, provides training for adult and youth volunteer leaders, and provides leadership and support for youth participation in county, district and state 4-H events and activities. She coordinates the County Adult Leaders & Parents Association, County 4-H Council, 4-H Ambassador Program and other youth development organizations and projects. Ms. Guillen also communicates the 4-H program achievements to stakeholder groups and others.
What Is 4-H All About?
4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is about having fun, learning, exploring and discovering. In 4-H, young people make new friends, develop new skills, become leaders and help shape their communities.
More than 65,000 Texas youth are enrolled members of 4-H community clubs in Texas. Another 850,000 Texas youth get involved in 4-H through special educational opportunities at school, in after school programs, or at neighborhood or youth centers. These youth live in cities, suburbs, small towns and rural communities.
4-H gives them a chance to pursue their own interests – from photography to computers, from building rockets to raising sheep. A list of 4-H projects is available online. They go places – to camp, to state and national conferences. They learn to be leaders and active citizens.
In 4-H clubs, they serve as officers and learn to conduct meetings, handle club funds, and facilitate group decision-making. In a growing number of communities, 4-H youth serve as youth representatives in municipal or county government or as members of Teen Courts. They give back to their communities. 4-H members get involved in volunteer projects to protect the environment, mentor younger children and help people who are less fortunate.