Kelly exemplifies the 4-H study* reporting that 4-H'ers are four times more likely to be involved in their community. She was a committed and deeply connected 4-H’er for over eleven years in Sacramento, CA. Kelly took part in many projects that included leadership, cooking, video production, citizenship, horsemanship, and raising Guide Dogs for the Blind. One of her most poignant memories of 4-H is her first guide dog graduation, when she realized how important her work was to making people’s lives better.
Kelly also took advantage of the leadership opportunities in 4-H and held every leadership position available from local Club President, to California State Diamond Star. She is now the Director of Communications & Development for Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS), a multi-faceted non-profit which guides families in need on their journey to self-sufficiency. Kelly is passionate about her work and connects how her involvement in 4-H enabled her to gain exceptional experience in public speaking, instilled in her a lifelong passion for learning, and planted the true belief that you can make something better. All of these attributes fuel her professional and personal life.
Before she worked at SFBFS, she organized volunteers for a disaster relief organization that rescued animals, served in AmeriCorp National Civilian Community Corps and is now an active member in the Junior League of Sacramento, living their motto of Women building better communities.
4-H was so incredibly impactful and informative during my youth and prepared me in so many ways for my adult life. When I look back at the things that impacted me the most in my childhood, my family is first, and 4-H is next.
* The Positive Development of Youth: Comprehensive Findings from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development.